PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS
Published by a. G. SPALDING & BROS.
10S Madison Street. Chicago. 241 Broadway New York.
1032 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
CORRECT DIAGRAM OF A BALL GROUND.
A. A. A. — Ground reserved for Umpire* Batsman and Catcher.
B. B.— Ground received for Captain and Assistant.
C.— Players' Bench. D --Visiting Players' Bat Rack.
E.— Home Players' Bat K;t k.
Wational League and American, fcociatioq
PROFESSIONAL BASE BALL CLUBS.
riON i. — (i) This association shall be called "The Na-
tional League and American Association of Professional
I Sail l
Sec. 2.— The objects of this Li
in To perpetuate base ball as the national game of the
United States, and to surround it with such safeguard!
warrant for the future absolute public confidence in its integrity
!_■> To protect and promote the mutual interests of profes-
sional base ball clubs and professional base ball players, and
|i. establish and regulate the base ball champion
of the United States.
3.— This League shall consist ot twelve cl
I of which shall not be in, liminished
period often ;,'■ following •named cities. i(,.
wit, Boston, New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore,
in, Pittsburg, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Louisville,
Cleveland and I I such other clubs .as may, from
to time, be elected to membership as may bi
vided for. but in no event shall there be mere tlian one club in
WITHDRAWAL I ROM MEMBERSHIP.
SEC. 4. — Any club member of this League finding i
e to meet the obligations it has assumed shall have the
right to ask the League for pern dispose of its rights
and franchises as a member of this League to some other city
or organization. In the event of this League giving its
sent to the acceptance of such city or organization to member-
ship, such club member shall be admitted to membership, pro-
viding said club shall assume, together with the rights and
franchises of said retiring club, all the liabilities, responsibil-
ities and obligations entered into by said retiring club as a
member of this League. Provided, however, and it must bt so
understood by the retiring and the new member, that the retir-
ing club shall not be relieved or released from any contracts,
responsibilities or obligations entered into by it to this League
until all of said contracts, responsibilities and obligations have
been fully paid and determined by the club accepting its mem-
lip, rights, franchises, etc.
ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP.
. 5. — Xo club shall be admitted unless it shall first
have delivered to the secretary oi the 1 eagui a written applica-
tion for membership, signed by its president and secretary, ac-
1 .inied by documents showing that such club bears the
name of the city in which it is located, and that it is regularly
organized and officered, and, where the State law permits it,
chartered. Such application shall at once be transmitted bj
the secretary to the Hoard of Directors, who shall immediately
investigate and report upon said application, said report to be
communicated to the League through the secretary.
SEC. 6. — The voting upon an application for membership
shall be by ballot, a three-fourths vote being requisite for election.
IN' REGARD TO VACANCH
Sec. 7. — In case a vacancy occurs in the membership of
this organization during the championship season the presi-
dent shall nominate to all the clubs all applicants for men
siiip, and the vote thereon may be taken by telegraph or mail,
as occasion may require, and a majority of all the clubs will
be required to admit any applicant to membership. Such
membership, however, shall continue only until the next annual
meeting, but such club shall be subject to all the rules and re-
quirements of this organization.
TERMINATION 01 MEMBERSHIP.
. S. — The membership of any club may be termi-
(1) By resignation duly accepted by a three-fourths vote ol
all the clubs in meeting duly convened, as provided in Sec. 4.
(2) Failure to present its nine at the time and place agreed
u inn t<> play any championship game, unless caused by un-
a oidable accident in traveling.
(3) Allowing open betting or pool selling upon its grounds
or in any building owned or occupied by it.
(4) Playing any game of ball with a club that is disqualified
or ineligible under this constitution.
(5) Offering, agreeing, conspiring or attempting to lose
any game of ball, or failing to immediately expel any player
who shall be proven guilty of offering, agreeing, conspiring or
attempting to lose any game of ball, or of being interested in
any pool or wager thereon.
11) Disbandment of its organization or team during the
17) Failing or refusing to fulfill its contractual obliga-
ii Failing or refusing to comply with any lawful require-
ment of the Board of Directors.
(9) Willfully violating any provision of this constitution,
or the legislation or playing rules made in pursuance thereof.
THE EXPULSION OF ill BS,
SEC, 9. — To carry into effect the provisions of Sec. S of
this constitution the facts in any case covered by such section
must be reported to the Secretary of the League, who shall at
once notify by mail or telegraph the party charged with the
specified default or offense, inquiring whether any dispute exist-.
the facts alleged. In case the facts are disputed, the
Hoard shall, after clue notice, try the case under such regulations
as they may prescribe, and their finding shall lie final and con-
clusive on all parties except in case of expulsion, when such
finding shall be forwarded to each club, which shall transmit
to the secretary written ballots "For Expulsion" or "Against
Expulsion;" and if all club- vote "For Expulsion" the
tary shall notify all clubs of the forfeiture of membership of the
M ES ami ASSESSMENTS.
Sic. 10. — (1) Each club shall pay to the secretary on or
before the 1st day of May of each year the sum of one hundred
dollars as annual dues ; and such other sums as from time to
time may be assessed for the payment of salaries of officers and
umpires and for such other expenses as may lie incurred by or-
der of this League or the Hoard of Directors. Also all fines
and penalties imposed by said League or its Hoard of Directors
upon a club or upon any club officer, player, manager, scorer,
or other employe whet d and imposed by virtue of and
in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and the
playing rules of this League.
THE IMPOSING OF FINES.
(2) Upon conviction of any of the offenses prescribed in
Sec, 8, as causes for expulsion, the Board of Directors may, in
: it instance, as a preliminary to, or in lien of expulsion,
impose such a fine as is in their judgment commensurate
with the injury; which tine may include a penalty payable to
any other club or clubs, as an equivalent for damages sustained
for such violation of this constitution, or of the legislation or
contracts made in pursuance then ol
OFFII 1 R .
SEC, It. — At its annual meeting the league shall elei
dent, secretary, treasurer, oi Directors. The
president shall be ex officio chairman of the Board of Directors.
lie shall preside at all the meetings ol th< I eague, and at the
annual meeting- of the League shall appoint three representa-
tives of the League to act as a 1 committee.
Should the office of presideni become vac, mi by death,
resignation or removal, the Hoard ol Directors shall within
thirty days elect a president.
Sec. 12. — The Hoard of Directors shall consist of the
president and six other met en at the annual
meeting by ballot, three of whom shall represent the Eastern
idubs and three the Western chi
. 13. — No person shall be qualified to act as din
who is not an actual member of the club he represents, nor
shall any club, under any circumstances, be represent
more than one person on tin- Hoard.
:i - o;. 1 in-. 11. , Aim 01 DIRECT ORS.
St',''. t|. — The Hoard shall have tin- general supervision
and management of all affairs and business of the League, and
shall be individually answerable to the League for the faithful
discharge of their trust.
SEC. is. — The Hoard shall meet annually on the morning
of the lirst Wednesday after the second Tuesday in November,
at n o'clock, at the place where the annual meeting of the
e is to be held, but may hold special meetings whenever
urgent necessity may require.
; iii riON.
SEC. [6. — The Board shall prepare a detailed report of all
their doings, and present the same in writing to the 1 .•
at its annual meeting, which report shall, if accepted, be
tiled with the secretary, together with all official papers,
documents and property which may havi c e into their pos-
session by virtue of their office.
\ II INCY in i HE In IAKH.
SEC, 17. — In case of vacancy in the Hoard by reason of the
death, resignation, absence or disqualification of any director,
the chili of which he was a member at the time he was chosen
shall designate his successor, and at once notify the secretary.
But if such vacancy is caused by the withdrawal, disbanding or
talification of a club represented on the Board, the B
may till the vacancy by election in the same manner as pro\ i
for the election of directors in Sec. [2.
Sec. is. — The secretary shall be the treasurer of the League
and as such shall be the custodian of all funds of the League .
receive all dues, fees and assessments, make such payments as
-hall be ordered by the Board, <>r by the vote of the 1 eague,
and lender annually a report of his accounts, and shall give
such bond, with appt the Board may require.
SEC. 19. — The secretary -hall have the custody ami care of
official records am ol the League; shall keep a true
I of all meetings of tl Board; shall issue
all official notices, and atte necessary correspond
he shall prepare and furnish such reports as may be called for
by the Hoard, and shall be entitled to such books, stationery,
and materials as the actual duties of his office may re-
Sic. 20. — The secretary shall k t e,> a record of all infrac-
■ of the rules and 1 IS Ol the League that may come
under his notice, ami shall make a report on the same to the
Bi «1 d at its next meeting.
SEC. 21. — The ecn try shall receive such salary as the
Board, by vote, shall determine, ami shall he reimbursed for
all traveling expenses actually incurred by him in the service
League; and the Board may exact from him such guar-
■ lor the faithful performai 1 his duties as they >
deem lor the interest and safety of the League. At the cxpira-
of his term of office he shall account for and deliver up to
the Hoard all the property and papers which may have
into his hands by virtue of his ol
LAWS GOVERNING EMPLOYES.
INDIVIDUAL i |.[|; ( ONTROL.
Sec, 22. — Each club belonging to this League shall have
the right to regulate its own affairs, to establish its own rules,
and to discipline, punish, suspend or expel its own manager,
players or other employes, and these powers shall not be lim-
ited to cases of dishonest play or open insubordination, but
shall include all questions of carelessness, indifference, or
other conduct of the player that may be regarded by the club as
prejudicial to its interests; not in conflict with any provision
of this Constitution, or the Playing Rules of this League.
CLUB TERRITORIAL RIGHTS.
SEC. 23. — Every club of this League shall have exclusive
control of the city in which it is located and of the territory sur-
rounding such city, to the extent of five miles in every direc-
tion from its corporate limits, and no visiting League club
shall, under any circumstances, except with the consent of the
local League club, until all League championship games on
that ground shall have been finished, be allowed to play any
club in such territory other than the League club therein loca-
ted, nor shall a visiting League club play any game in April
with any non- League club within said five miles from the cor-
porate limits of the city in which the I eague club is located,
without the consent of the local League club.
MODE OF CON 1 fl
SEC. 24. — Contracts between a club and its players may be
either by telegram or writing, to be followed within thirty days
thereafter by a contract in the form approved by this League
promulgated by the secretary, to all the clubs.
ON RESERVATION OF PLAYERS.
Sec. 25. — Each club a tnembei "l this League shall be en-
titled to the right of reservation. On or before the 10th dayoi
iber in each year each club shall transmit to the secretary a
reserve list of players whose services it desires to retain, not
■ling fourteen in number then under contract to said club
for the current or for any succeeding season or seasons, and in
addition thereto the names of such players reserved in any prior
annual list who have refused to contract with said club. Such
players, together with all others thereafter to lie regularly con-
tracted with, shall be ineligible to contract with any other club
i m:i [ON.
of this League except as hereinafter provided. No club shall
haw the right to reserve any player when in arrears of salary to
him. The secretary shall duly promulgate such lists.
SEC. 26. — All contracts between clubs of this League and
individual players shall be made through the secretary, or his
duly authorized agent. This League shall adopt such form of
contract as it may deem best for the protection of the rights of
the parties thereto. All contracts must be approved by the
secretary, and duly promulgated by him. Provided, clubs be-
longing to this League may contract with players for any period
of time that may be mutually agreed upon. Provided, that no
club shall at any time enter into negotiation or contract with
any player under contract, agreement or reservation with or by
any other club, without the latter's consent.
EXPULSION "1 PLAYERS.
SEC. 27. — Any player, while under contract with or reser-
vation by a League club, who shall, without the consent of
suon club, enter the service of any other club in any capacity,
shall be liable to expulsion by said League club. Whenever a
< lull releases ■< manager or player without notice, or gives him
leu days' notice of release in accordance with the terms of his
ract, and whenever it suspends or expels a manager or
player, that club shall at once notify the secretary of this
League, stating, incase of release, the date when the same
takes effect, and in case of suspension or expulsion, the cause-
NEGOTIATING TOR SERVICES.
SEC. 28. — No player, without the consent of the club with
which he is under contractor reservation, shall enter into nego-
tiations with any other club for future services, but if such con-
sent be obtained, a player may negotiate for his release, and
offer 1 money consideration therefor, which may be accepted
by the said releasing club.
Kti 1.' 1 OF CLUB DISBANDMEKT.
SEC. 29. — The disbandment of a League club or its with-
ll from or loss of League membership shall operate as a
release of its players from contract and reservation with said
club, but the right to contract with and reserve said players
shall be subject to transfer to such other club as the L<
may designate after acceptance of their said services.
ON SI SPI 01 PLAYERS.
Sec. 30. — No manager or player who has been suspended
or expelled from a League club shall al any time thereafter be
allowed to play with or serve in any capacity any League clu >
r the one expelling him or any other) unless the term ol
nsion by the club lias expired, or, upon his appeal to this
League, such expulsion 01 ion shall have been set asidi
PLAYING WITH 'ii 1 SIDE CLUBS.
SEC. 3t. — No game of base ball shall be played between a
fue club and any other club that has been expelled from
membership in this League. No game of ball shall be p
en a League club and any other club employing or pre-
senting in its nine a player expelled or under suspension from
therwise rendered ineligible by this Lei
club member thereof. A violation oi this section shall forfeit
ime in favor of the non-off> ind subject it to
such fine as the Hoard ot Directors may imp
"CR0OKEDN1 iS" AND i I S PEN ILTIES.
Sec 32. — Any person who shall be proven guilty of offer-
to cause any ga
ball to result otherwise than on its merits under the playing
or who, while acting as umpire, shall violate anj
I, 01 of the playing rules adi
hereunder, may be fot by the prtsidt*
• nr in any
of ball participated in club.
THE UMPIRE AM) HIS DUTIES.
I HE si \l t 01 I MP! RES.
SEC. 3> — A staff of League umpires shall be selected by
(ii They shall be paid such 1 1 tnd allowed such ex-
as may be mutually agreed upo ■ bi
them an. I 1 try of the LcagUi ubject to the approval
of the Hoard ol Directors of the I. .'ague.
12) They shall be under the sole control .in I direction o(
try, from whom they will | assignments to
duty and all instructions regarding the interpretation ol the
playing rules, and the secretary 'hall prescribe a proper uniform
for them, all parts of which shall be worn while officiating as
I I I UTION.
(3) In the event of the failure of an umpire to umpire a
to him, it shall be the duty of the secretary to
provide a substitute to umpire such game, and in such case
shall be deducted from the next monthly payment to the
League umpire the sum of twelve dollars lor each game assigned
to him, which for any reason he shall have tailed to umpire.
(4) It shall be the duly of each League club to accept as
umpire for any championship game such League umpire or sub-
stitute as the secretary shall assign to such game, and only in
the event of the failure of the League umpire or substitute so as-
signed to appear at the ho for the beginning of
game, shall the duty devolve upon the home club to desig-
nate an umpire for such game.
(5) Anj League umpire shall b al by the
secretary at any time, and in the event of the resignation, re-
moval or expulsion of any League umpire the secretary shall
have power to appoint a suitable person to lill the vacancy thus
■ '.1 1. 1 OR t:\rri. 1
Sic. 34. — Any League umpire who shall in the judgment
of the president of the League be guilty of ungcntlemanh
il -tiling Or 1 game of which he is um-
shall thereupon be removed from hi- official capacity and
d under the same disabilities inflicted upon expelled play-
the constitution of this League.
SETTLEMEN1 1 D] 5PUTES.
1 111: GOVERN! . M..
SEC, 3;. — The Hoard of Directors shall be the sole trib
:rmin< disputes between club . the facts to be submit
and the dispute adjudicated under such regulations as the Hoard
shall prescribe in each rase. 'file hndingol [lie Hoard -led! be
final, and under no circumstances shall be n d, re-
d or inquired into, either by the League or any
1 lit GOVERNINi '
Sic. 36, — The Hoard shall at once consider any complaint
preferred by a club against a manager or player of another club
(prior to the expiration of the championship season) for con-
duct in violation of any provision of this constitution, or pre-
judicial to the good repute of the game of base ball, ami shall
have power to require the club tu which such player or man-
ager may belong to discipline him, and upon repetition of such
offense to expel him. Provided, that such complaint be pre-
ferred in writing, giving such particulars as may enable the
Board to ascertain all the facts, and be transmitted to the sec-
retary by whom it shall at once be referred to the Board.
ADJUDICATING COMPLAINTS I:V PLAYERS,
SEC, 37. — In case a player under contract with a League
club, shall during a current season prefer a complaint in writ-
ing to the secretary of the League against such club, alleging
that such club is in arrears to him for salary for more than fif-
teen days after such salary became due on account of such con-
tract, the secretary shall at once transmit to the said club a copy
of such complaint, and require an answer thereto. On receipt of
such answer, or if one week shall have elapsed without the re-
ceipt of an answer, the secretary shall refer the paper in the
case to the Hoard of Directors through its chairman, and should
the Hoard find the player's complaint sustained, they shall re-
quire the club, under penalty of forfeiture of its membership.
to pay to the player forthwith the full amount ascertained to be
due him. 1'rovided, that should the player refuse to serve the
club pending action by the Hoard on his complaint he will
thereby forfeit the benefits of the award, and in such case the
Board shall revoke his award.
THE I "i 1: 1 OF AIT'f.Ai .
SEC. 3S. — The Hoard shall also be the sole tribunal for the
hearing of an appeal made by any person who shall have been
expelled, suspended or disciplined by his club. The matter
shall be proceeded with in the following manner: Such person
shall, within thirty days after the date of the expulsion, sus-
pension or disciplne, file with the secretary a written statement
of his defense, accompanied by a request that an appeal be
allowed him. The secretary shall notify the club of the re-
quest for an appeal, accompanying such notice with a copy of
the appeal, and at the next annual meeting, the club, by its duly
authorized representative, and the appellant in person, by attor-
ney, or by written statement, shall appear before the Hoard with
their testimony. The Hoard shall impartially hear the matter
and render their decision, which shall be final and forever
binding on both club and player.
Sec. 39. — No director shall sit in the trial of a cause in
which his club is interested.
SEC. 40. — Any expense of trials or arbitrations shall be borne
equally by the parties to the controversy.
ADOPTING PLAYING B
. 41. — This League shall adopt such playing rules as it
deems best for the conduct of its business.
THE CHAMPIONSHIP RULES.
THE COMPETING I II BS.
Sec. 42. — The championship of the United States established
by this League shall be contended for yearly by the clubs-
composing the League.
I" R \ I [ON OF 'I HI SEASON.
SEC 43. — The championship season shall extend from such
dale in April or May to such date in September or October as the
League may determine at its stated or special meeting.
SEC 44. — Every game played between two clubs from the
commencement of the championship season to the completion .1
the championship series between such clubs shall be a game for
the championship, and no League club shall lend or exchange
players to or with each other for any game played during the
NUMBER OF GAMES.
SEC. 45.— Each club shall play twelve or more championship
with every other club, but a tie or draw game or a game
prevented by rain shall be played off on the same grounds on a
ding day within the dates of the same schedule seri-s be-
■ uch clubs.
SPECIAL CHAMPIONSHIP Id LES.
SEC, 46.— Each club shall have half of the championship series
ol games with every other club played on its grounds, except as
otherwise provided in Sec. 45, and in all the details of such games
that do not involve the rights of the visiting club under the playing
rules, but relate solely to such games as attractive exhibitions to
the patrons of the home club, the visiting club shall defer to the
wUhes of the home club, and the visiting club shall furnish to a
person designated by the home club the batting order of its nine
by 10 o'clock on the morning of the day of each game, or the
evening previous if requested. In case of the failure of any
visiting club to furnish the batting order of its nine as herein
stipulated, it shall forfeit the sum of $10, which amount shall be
immediately transmitted tothe secretary ol the League, upon the
il of notice from him of the infliction of such tine, which
notice shall be given by the secretarj upon receipt of complaint
from the home club.
It shall be the duty of the home club to furnish the man
and captain of the visiting ciub with a list of the batting order
before the commencement of the game under similar penalties for
default as herein prescribed. The visiting club shall have the
right to practice its nine on the grounds of the home club between
it and 12 o'clock A. M. on each day of its visit during the cham-
THE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHED1 I i
Si,' . 47. — All championship games shall be arranged in a writ-
ten schedule prepared by the schedule committee, and reported
to and adopted by the League by a three-fourths vote before the
ining of the i i nship season, 11 -shall pro-
vide for an equal number of return g specify the date
it game, and the date of each series of games. No date in
chedule shall subsequently be changed, except (t) by written
nent of two clubs from a date fixed by the schedule for a
game , ucb clubs 10 another day prior t'> the first and sub-
nt tothe last date "I the same scl n 1 ween such
j) as provided in Sec 4;; or | i f the written consent
of three-fourths of all the League club;
THE ADMISSION 1 II .
EC. 48. — The [mission fee to all championship games
shall be fifty cents (50), but each club shall designate a p
its grounds and : its thereon the admission fee to which
shall be twenty-tive (25) cents, and all division of percentages
shall be made on the basis of fifty (50) cents, except as to that
part of the grounds th< on fee to which is fixed at twenty-
nd as to sui grounds all division of
i the basis of twenty-live emits.
REC0R1 LECEIP1 -
Ski . 49.— At the conclusion of each championship game the
had deliver tothe manager of the visiting club (and
shall mail to the president of the visiting club a dupli-
of the same) a statemei its of said game which
must include all fifty cent and all twenty live cent admissions
Prior 1" any division of the receipts ten per centum thereof shall
be deducted to be deposited in the general fund, and the balance
then be divided on the basis of fifty per centum, and after all
I 1 rUTION.
debts incurred by this League and all current expenses are paid
and a treasury fund of $25,003 has accumulated, the balance shall
he equally divided monthly among all the clubs.
THE I URNS! II. t. COUN I ■
50 — The number of persons admitted to the grounas shall
be determined by the use of "the necessary number of self-register-
ing turnstiles, the arms of which shall extend within four inches
of" a dividing partition, the keys of which shall be delivered
11 agent of the visiting club before the opening of the
ground- for each game; and said agent of the visiting club
shall have full access to such turnstile, and the box of such turn-
stile shall not be removed until alter the close of the seventh
innings and in case a carriage gate is used a ticket for each p
agent of the visiting club. No person shall be admitted fo
the grounds during or prior to such game of the hourappoit
for, excepting onlj ol contesting clubs policemen in
uniform, the umpires and the necessary employes of the home
The visiting club shall have the right to accept the turn-
stile count for each and all games, or to count all tickets. Each
club shall be required to use for its business a substantial 1
board ticket, which can be readily counted.
DIAGRAM 01 GROUNDS,
Sec. 51. --It shall be club previous to the
pionship season to furnish to the Secretary ol
the League for earl, other club of this Lea
of its grounds, showing the location of its fifty (50) cent seats and
its twenty-five (s its, and the location of entrant
i be allowed to have more than four cn-
. but for all such days
the visiting club shall be given 1 en days' notice of the
whole number and location of additional entrances; provi
gates may b ol the v isit
ing clu 1 m requires.
TO PING PLAY 'in I 1 INs.
Sec. 52.— On any day when a club is required
in order to reach another city where it U scheduled to play its
next game, the lome propei notice
i.i 1 in: vis. fin- 1 lui. to begin the game three hours and a half before
the tin lepartureof the lasl train by means of which 1
club can reach the nc. ! point in time. And either club
may leave the field at any time within one hour of said train time
without forfeiting any rights or privileges, provided five in
have been played, and the umpire shall I of the time.
GIVING OUT RAIN i Hi, i;<.
SEC. 53. — In the event of a game being stopped by rain before
completion of live innings, the bome club may issue rain checks,
for any succeeding game. If rain checks are so issued the
visiting club shall not be entitled to its percentage of receipts;
but if rain checks are not issued, the visiting club snail be entitled
to its percentage of receipts, precisely as if the game had been
ON FORFEITED GAMES.
SEC. 54 — A club shall be entitled to forfeited games — to count
in its series as games won by a score of nine runs to none — in
case where the umpire in any championship game shall award the
to such club on account of the violation by the contesting
club of any section of this Constitution or of any playing rule;
and in the event of said forfeiture being caused by the with-
drawal of the players during the progress of the game, or by a
failure to report with its team at the time fixed for the gi
unless written notice has been received from the home club that
the game cannot be played, then such fotfeiting club shall incur a
penalty of one thousand dollars, which shall be payable to the
Secretary of the League within ten days thereafter for the use and
benefit of the non-offending club, but said line may be remitted
or modified upon appeal to and a hearing by the Hoard of Directors.
ON DRAWN GAMES.
1 . 55. — Drawn, tie and postponed games shall not count in
ties as games (but any game of not less than five innings
shall be included in the averages), but must be played off, il
sible, as provided in Sec. 45. If they cannot be played off, as
therein provided, they may subsequently be played off, if sufficient
time exists before the close of the season,
WINNING THE PENNANT.
SEC. 56. — The club which shall have won the greatest per-
centage of games in the championship series, shall be declared
the champion club of the United Stales for the season in which
such games were played. In the event that two or more clubs
shall have won the same percentage of games, then the Hoard
shall at once arrange a special series of three games between any
two of such clubs, such games to be played ill the month of I lc-
and the games so played shall be included in the cham-
pionship record, and counted in determining the award of the
championship. In such ease only the provisions of this Consti-
tution prohibiting the playing or recording as championship
games, games played after the expiration of the championship
season, shall have no effect. The emblem of the championship
shall be a pennant (of the national col o osl not less than
one hundred dollars (fioo). It shall be inscribed with the
motto, "Champion Base Hall Club of the United States," with tin-
name of the club and the year in which the title was won, and
the champion club shall be entitled to fly the pennant until
lose "l the ensuing year.
Dl • I1H.NG THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Sec. 57. — The championship shall be decided in the following-
Within twenty four hours after every match game played for
the championship, the home club shall id forward to the
tary of the League a statera the full score of
the game, according to the system specified in the playing rides,
the date, the place where played, the names of the clubs and
umpire; provided, that no tie or drawn game shall be considered
a game for any purpose except the averages; and provided,
further, that in any case where the secretary shall not receive the
score of a championship game within live days after the playing
of such game, the club whose duty it is to forward seel
shall pay to thi League the sum of ten dollars as the penalty of
At the close of the season the secretary shall prepare a tabular
ment of the games won and [osl by each club, according to
the statement so sent him, which statement shad be the sole evi-
in the matter, ami submit the same, with the statements so
sent him. to the Board, who shall make the award in writing and
report the same to the League at its annual meeting.
In making the award die Board shall consider:
(1) 'I he tabular statement of the secretary.
(?) Forfeited games.
1 rticipated in by clubs which have withdrawn, dis-
banded or forfeited their membership with. an completing their
championship series with all other I e tgue clubs, such games shall
to th: following extent: The board shall ascertain the
least number of chimpionship games played by such club with
any club remaining in the League, and shall, from the first game
participated in during the championship seiics by such retired
club, count in the series of each League club a similar number of
, and all other games participated in by such retired club
shall not be counted in the championship series. Provided,
that if such retired club shall have failed to play at least one
championship game with every League club, all games partici-
pated in by it shall be thrown out entirely.
SEC. 58. — The annual meeting of the League shall be held on
the first Wednesday after the second Tuesday in November of
each year, at 12 o'clock noon, and at such places as shall have
been determined by a vote at the previous annual meeting.
1 ■ 1 . 1. B REPRESEN1 A I ION.
Sec. 59. — At such meeting each club shall be represented and
shall be entitled to two representatives, and to have in addition
thereto any of its officers or ex-officers present at such meeting;
but no club shall be permitted to send as a representative any
person under contract or engagement as a ball player or manager,
and belonging to the nine of said club in such capacity. They
shall present a certificate from the president or Si
their club, showing their authority lu act, but no club
have more than one vote.
THE LEAGUE SEsSI"
Sec. 6o.— This League may, upon a majority vote, of its mem-
bers, elect to go into executive session for the transaction of its
business, and dur ng such sessions no club shall be entitled
to more than two (2) representatives.
• SPECIAL MEETINGS.
. (.1. — Special meetings maybe called by the president of
this League on his own option or on the written call of six clubs.
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
. 62. — A representation of a majority of clubs shall consti-
tute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a less number
may adjourn fcom time to time until a quorum is obtain
Sec. 63. — The following shall be the order of business, unless
suspended by a three-fourths vote of the club meml
1. Reading Minutes 1 ting.
2. Report of Hoard of Directors.
3. Report of Commil
4. Election of new members.
5. Amendment of Constitution.
6. Amendment of Playing Rules.
7. Election of Officers.
8. Miscellaneous business.
Sec. 64.— (i) The Constitution of this League may be altered
or amended by a three-fourths vote of the League at any annual
meeting, or by a unanimous vote at any other time. Provided,
however, that this section and Sections 3, 8, 48 and 49 shall not
be altered or amended except by a unanimous vote of this League.
(2) Any section of this Constitution may be suspended or its
provision made nonapplicable by unanimous vote at a League
NATIONAL AGREEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL
BASE BALL ASSOCIATIONS.
This Agreement between t lie National League and American
Association of Professional Hast- Ball Clubs, hereinafter desig-
nated as the party of the first part, such eligible professional base
ball associations as shall, with the assent of the National Hoard
ot Professional liase Ball Associations, be admitted to Class A
and become signatory parties hereto— hereinafter designated as
the parties of the second part, and such other eligible professional
ball associations as shall, with the assent of said National
board, be admitted to Class band become signatory parties hereto
— hereinafter designated as the parties of tin: thiol part. Wit-
1. This instrument shall be called the National Agreement of
Professional Base Ball Associations.
2. The general enforcement of this Agreement, the protection
of rights thereunder, the determination of all controversies as
hereinafter provided, ami generally the regulation of all things
within the scope of this Agreement, are each and several!}
ferred upon and committed t.. a Board to tx known as "The
National Hoard of Professional liase Ball Associations." This
Board shall consists of th ee delegates, representing the party of
the first part, and one delegate representing each of the parti
the second part, elected each year by their respective constituent
associations. The officers of the Board shall coi chair-
man, secretary and treasurer, which Offices may be filled by ei.her
one, two or three persons. All officers, assistants, agents or em-
ployes shall be selected, and all other questions, except as
inafter prescribed, shall be decided by the entire Board, a majority
of the delegates of the parties of the first part concurring in such
tion and decision. A quorum for the transaction of business
i>e constituted by the presence of a majority of the delegates
of the party of the first part.
3. The board may adopt rules and regulations prescribing the
duties of each and all of its officers', its method of procedure and
the general transaction of its busil
.1. It shall be the duty of the Hoard, and it shall have full and
(a) To hear and determine all disputes and complaints between
associations and clubs; between one club ami another, members
of different associations; between clubs and players or managers,
and, in addition thereto, all disputes and complaints arising under
and of all matters involving the interpretation of the National
NATIONAL AGREEMEN 1 .
Agreement or the disposition of the rights thereunder. Clubs
belonging to the same association, by mutual consent, or upon
the request of the association to which they belong, may refer any
controversy between such clubs or in which such clubs are
interested, to the Hoard for decision or adjustment.
i ) In the performance of its duties the Board shall have power
to impose lines or penalties upon associations, clubs, club officers,
players, managers, scorers and umpires, and to suspend any such
organization or person from the protection and privileges of the
National Agreement in any instances in which, in its opinion, it
or he shall have been guilty of conduct detrimental to the general
welfare of the game, or in violation of the letter or spirit of the
Its decisions shall be final over any and all matters within
(</; It may reinstate any person or body suspended.
(/) It shall have power to make such reasonable assessments
upon clubs or associations as may be necessary to defray the ex-
penses incidental to the performance of its duties and the enforce-
ment of this Agreement.
(/) It may make all orders, rules and regulations, which it may
deem necessary for the performance of its duties and the exercise
of its powers, ami to accomplish (lie purpose in view in its estab-
lishment, and ..mend and supplement the same from time to time;
provided, prior notice of any pi I i mentS or supple-
ments be given to all members of the Hoard before action be taken
I It may cause the proceedings or rulings, or any part thereof,
in any case which maybe deemed of sufficient importance to
as a precedent, to be published in such a manner as may be
Whenever an) body or person shall desire to submit any
matter for the consideration of the Hoard it shall be preseir
the chairman by a concise statement thereof, and accompanied In-
such evidence as may be in support of such statement, '
shall be given to any other body or person interested in the matter,
ike answer and to present appropriate evidence in support
5. (a) Associations parties of the second part shall be known
and designated as members of Class A, ami associations paitii
the third part shall be known and designated as members ol I
II, and an association of either class whose membership shall at
any time be reduced to less than four clubs actually engaged in a
schedule of championship games during and to the close of the
season shall cease to be panic- to, and forfeit all rights, privileges
and protection under the National Agreement.
(/>) Whenian association applies for protection antl classification
under the National Agreement, it shall include and state in its
application to the secretary of the Hoard: The class, A or B, into
which it seeks admission; the list of its ciub members with the re-
spective location of their business offices and playing grounds;
the monthly salary limit for its club teams and maximum monthly
salary Iiiw't of their players; a copy of the constitution and by-
laws of the association ; a pledge or agreement for the maintenance
of said salary limit and the faithful performance of its obligations
under the National Agreement, its own constitution and by-laws,
and its other contractual obligations; which classification, club
membership, location of club offices and playing grounds, salary
limit, constitution, by-laws and pledge or agreement shall not,
.d'ter approval by the Hoard, be changed, modified, altered or
released without the assent of the Hoard.
(<-) Class A shall constitute associations whose clubs shall have
the privilege of contracting with their players for one, two or three
seasons or years, and of reservation, in accordance with Art. 9,
of players under contract of only one season or year; subject to
the right of "selection" of their players by a club member of the
party of the first part, in accordance with Art. S, at the rate of
$1000 for the release of each player so "selected." When such
association shall consist of but four clubs, it shall pay to the sec-
retary of tin- Board $250 for each of said clubs; when of six clubs,
$200 for each of said clubs; when of eight or more clubs, $150
for each of said clubs. Such payments to be made before the
beginning of the championship season.
5 1! shall constitute associations whose clubs shall have
the privilege of contracting with their players for but one si
with or without reservation (in accordance with Art. 9) as they
may elect by notice to the secretary of the Hoard prior to the
beginning of their championship season. Such association shall
be subject to the right of "selection" by a club member of either
of the parties of the first and sei ond part in accordance with Art.
6, at the rate of S500 I ol each player so "selected"
— if entitled to reservation p
When such association shall elect reservation privileges, it shall
pay to the secretary of the Board for each of its clubs one- half the
sums payable, as above prescribed, for associations in Class A,
and, when not entitled to reservation privileges, the sum of
twenty-five dollars per club prior to the beginning of the plajing
6. (a) For the purpose of enabling players to advance in their
profession a club member of the party of the first part msy, at
any time after October I, in any year and before February 1 ol the
succeeding year, with the consent of the Hoard, negotiate with any
NAT] X A I . AG R E E MEN T.
player then under contract with or reservation by a club member
of such association, and "select" such player upon payment of
the sum specified in Art. 5. And a club member of an association
in Class A may negotiate with and make similar "selection" of a
player then under contract and reservation by a club member of
an assoc'ation in Class 1!. Provided, that no such "selection"
shall be enforced, and no transfer of a player shall be made unless
he shall receive an increase of salary.
(/') Any club entitled to make a "selection" of a player and
desiring to do so, shall notify the secretary of the Board, stating
the name of the player and the club with which he is under con-
tract of reservation, and inclosing the amount specified in Art. 5,
to be paid for such release. The secretary shall thereupon notify
the club or association from which such "selection" is to be made,
and shall order his transfer to the "selecting" club. Notice of
such transfer shall thereupon be promulgated.
7. Contracts between clubs and players shall be in writing in
the form prescribed by the Hoard. An informal contract, whether
evidenced by telegrams or other writing, shall be v-did for a period
tiot exceeding thirty days, until a contract in the prescribed form
shall be tendere.1 by the contracting club to the contracting player.
The failure of the club to so tender such formal contract will
e the player from all contractual obligations thereunder, and
the refusal of the player to execute such formal contract when so
.lend the validity of his informal contract until he
shall execute said formal contract.
"i. No club shall at any lime enter into negotiations or cont'act
with any player under contract to or reservation by another club
without the hitter's consent, under such lines and penalties as the
9- On or before the tenth day of October in each year the
nics of associations, parties hereto, entitled to privih
n, shall transmit to the secretary of the Board a reserve
list of players, not exceeding fourteen in number, then under con-
tract with each of its several club members, lor the current 01 l"i
any succeeding season or seasons, ami in addition thereto a
such players reserved in any prior annual reserve list, who have
refused to contract with such clubs, and of all ineligible pi
Such playi ei with all others thereafter to be regularly
ted with by such clubs, are ami shall In' ineligil
with any oilier club of any association, except as herein pre-
ecretary of said Board shall thereupon promulgate
such iisls. provided that no club shall be permitted to reserve any
player while in arrears of salary to him.
10. The Board may also release from contract or reservation
any player or manager, when the club with which he has con-
NATIONAL AGREEMEN I .
tractcd, or by which ne has Deen reserved, shall be in arrears to
him fur salary for more than fifteen days after such salary became
due; or when the reserving club has failed to tender to any player,
on or before the 1st day of March, after such reservation, a formal
contract, with a salary of at least such an amount per month as
the Hoard may iixas the minimum salary to be paid tosuch player,
or when any such reserving club has transferred its membership
after the close of a championship season to a different association,
if the Board shall deem that the player will be prejudiced by such
11. When a player under contract or reservation by any club
of an association party hereto shall be expelled, suspended or
rendered ineligible, in accordance with the rules of such associa-
tion, notice of such disqualification shall be given to the said
board by the secretary of the association fiom whose club the
player may have been thus disqualified, and the Hoard shall forth-
with give notice of such disqualification to the several clubs acting
under this Agreement. When a player shall become ineligible
under the provisions of this Agreement, or by order of the I:
the secretary of the Board shall notify the several clubs acting
under this agreement of such disqualification. From the n
of any such notice all club members of associations acting under
this Agreement shall be debarred from employing or playing with
or against such disqualified player until the period of disqualifica-
tion shall have terminated or lire disqualification be revoked by
the association from which such player was disqualified, or by the
Board, and due notice of such revocation shall be given by the
Board to the said several clubs.
12. Any player, who has entered into a contract with any club
of any association party hereto, may be suspended without pay or
lined by such club or association foi of contract or breach
of any of the rules of such club or association, and he shall there-
after be ineligible to sign or play during the remainder of the
current season with an) of the clubs oi any associations acting
hereunder, unless such disability shall have been sooner rem
by the club or association by which he was suspended, or by the
RULES AND REGULATIONS. 25
THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE NA-
TIONAL BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL BASE
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.
Chas. II. BYRNE, Chairman, Eastern Base Hall Park, Brook-
lyn, X. V.
N. E. Young, Secretary and Treasurer, Box 536, Washington,
ZACK PHELPS, Louisville. Ky.
L. C. Krauthoff, Kansas City, Mo.
C. I». WHITE, Nos 492 and 494 Broome St., New York.
The following rules and regulations have been adopted by the
National Board of Professional Base Ball Associations and are
here given in order that ihey may be understood by all those
interested. The same being adopted and to remain in force until
repealed, altered, added to, or amended.
I HE CHAIRMAN.
1. The duties of the Chairman shall be as follows:
a. To issue calls for meetings of the Board and preside at such
meetings, having all powers with reference thereto which are
incident t<> a presiding officer,
/'. To rule upon and decide all incidental and routine matters
presented fur determination, with pov .ale this duty to
the Secretary 01 any member of the Board.
. To supervise the performance of the duties imposed upon
the other members of the Board.
d. To Me that each and all of the orders of this Board are com-
pile! wit.;. , lm SECRETARy AND TREASURER.
2. The offices of the Secretary and 1 reasurer may be tilled by
tnd the same person, and the 1! lilies oi such officer shall be as
a. To receive, receipt for and disburse all moneys payable to
this Board, and to make all financial statements required by the
provisions of the National Agreement.
li. To keep the records of the proceedings of the Board, to
withal! the records required to be kept by the provisions..
the National Agreement.
c. To issue all notices required by the National Agreement to
</. To give interpretation to the playing rules when requested
so to do, pursuant to the provisions of the National Agreement.
RULES AND REGULATIONS.
e. To receive all applications for membership under the Na-
tional Agreement, and to see t at the applicants pay their proper
f. To give notice of all lines and penalties imposed by the
Hoard, and to see that the same are paid.
g. To attend to such other matters as may be required of hi:r.
by the Board and to keep records of all the business and duties
connected with the Board.
The Chairman and the Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected
annually, at some meeting after the first of January, and shall
hold until their successors are elected and qualify,
OPINIONS AM) DECISIONS,
Whenever any controversy or matter to be submitted to the
Board for adjustment or decision shall lie forwarded, together
with all evidence and documents therewith connected, to the
Secretary and Treasurer, he shall, after submitting the same to the
Board, promulgate or publish the opinion which must be prepared
by the Chairman or such oilier member (if the Board as lie shall
designate. SEL] , PLAYERS.
Whenever any player shall be ' selected" by more than one club,
the Board will award him to the i lub which shall have first filed
formal notice with the Secretary thai it desires the services 'if said
player. Such notice, however, must be accompanied by the
deposit required by the provisions of the National Agreement,
otherwise such notice will be of rffi i I and void. A player so
awarded shall be ineligible to sign with any other club, ami upon
declining to abide by the decisions of the Board, may be included
in the regular list of reserved players of the club selecting him as
per the provisions of Section 9 of the .National Agreement.
ACCEP1 ED PLAYERS.
Whenever the services of any player released under the pro-
visions..! the National Agreement are accepted by any club or
association, authorized so to do by the provisions of such agree-
ment notice thereof shall be given to the Secretary, who
shall accordingly promulgate the fact.
All expenses of the Board, including compensation lo the Sec-
retary and Treasurer, or any oilier officer or member of the Board
pecial work performed, telegraphing, postage, and such oilier
expenses as shall be allowed, must be paid by check of the Sec-
retary and Treasurer and vouchers taken therefor, which vouchers
shall be submitted at least once a year to the Board for examina-
tion and approval.
NATIONAL PLAYING RULE.S
Professional Base Ball Clubs.
AS ADOPTED BV THE NATIONAL BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL BASE
BALL ASSOCIATIONS IN 180.I — THIS CO BLNING ALL CLUBS
PARTIES TO THE NATIONAL AGRI I.MENT AS REVISED IN 189I.
THE BALL GROUND.
Rule I. The Ground must be an inclosed field, sufficient in
size to enable each player to play in his position as required by
RULE 2, The Infield must be a space of ground thirty yards
RULE 3. The liases must be
Sec. I. Four in number, and designated as First Base, Second
Base, Third liase and Home liase.
2. The Home Base must be of whitened rubber twelve
inches square, so fixed in the ground as to be even with the sur-
face, and so placed in the corner of the infield that two of its sides
will form part of the boundaries of said infield.
Si < . 3. The First, Second and Third liases must be canvas
bags, fifteen inches square, painted white, and filled with some
soft material, and so placed that the center of the second base
shall be upon its corner of the infield, and the center of the first
and third bases shall be on the lines running to and from second
base and seven and one-half inches from the foul lines, providing
that each base shall be entirely within the foul lines. _
SEC. .(. All the bases must be securely fastened in their posi-
tions, and so placed as to be distinctly seen by the Umpire.
THE FOUL LINKS.
RULE 4. The Foul Lines must be drawn in straight lines
from the outer corner of the Home Base, along the outer edge of
the First and Third Bases, to the boundaries of the Ground.
THE POSITION LINES.
Rule 5. The Pitcher's Lines must be straight lines forming
the boundaries of a space of ground, in the infield, five and one-
half feet long by four feet wide, distant fifty feet from the center
of the Home Base, and so placed that the five and one-half feet
lines would each be two feet distant from and parallel with a
straight line passing through the center of the Home and Second
Bases. Each corner of this space must be marked by a flat round
rubber plate six inches in diameter, fixed in the ground even with
Kile 6. The Catcher's Lines must be drawn from the outer
corner of the Home Base, in continuation of the Foul Lines,
straight to the limits of the Ground back of Home Base.
Rule 7. The Captain's or Coacher's Line must be a line
fifteen feet from and parallel with the Foul Lines, said lines com-
mencing at a line parallel with and seventy-five feet distant from
the Catcher's Lines, and running thence to the limits of the
Rule 8. The Player's Lines must be drawn from the Catcher's
Lines to the limits of the Ground, fifty feet distant from and
parallel with, the foul lines.
Rule 9. The Batsman's Lines must be straight lines forming
the boundaries of a space on the right, and of a similar space on
the left of the Home Base, six feet long by four feet wide, extend-
ing three feet in front of and three feet behind the center of the
Home Base, and with its nearest line distant six inches from the
Rule 10. The Three Feet Lines must be drawn as follows:
From a point on the Foul Line from Home Base to First liase,
and equally distant from such bases, shall be drawn a line on Foul
Ground, at a right angle to said Foul Line, and to a point three
feet distant from it; thence running parallel with said Foul Line,
(to a point three feet distant from the First liase; thence in a
straight line to the Foul Line, and thence upon the Foul Line to
point of beginning.
Rule ii. The lines designated in Rules 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, and
10 must be marked with chalk or other suitable material, so as to be
distinctly seen by the Umpire. They must all be so marked their
entire length, except the Captain's and Player's Lines, which must
be so marked for a distance of at least thirty-live yards from the
Rule 12. The Ball:*
Sec. 1. Must not weigh less than five or more than five and
one-quarter ounces avoirdupois, and measure not less than nine
nor more than nine and one quarter inches in circumference.
♦The Spalding League Ball has been adopted by the National League
for the past twelve years, anil ia used in all League contests.
The Spalding League Ball or the Reach American Association
Ball must be used in all games played under these rules.
Sec 2. For each championship game two balls shall be fur-
nishej by the Home Club to the Umpire for use. When the
ball in play is batted over the fence or stands, on to foul ground
out of sight of the players, the other ball shall be immediately put
into play by the Umpire. As often as one of the two in use shall
be lost, a new one must be substituted, so that the Umpire shall
at all times after the game begins, have two for use. The
moment the Umpire delivers a new or alternate ball to the pitcher
it comes into play, and shall not be exchanged until it, in turn,
passes out of sight on to foul ground. At no time shall the ball
be intentionally discolored by rubbing it with the soil or
SEC. 3. Tn all games the ball or balls played with shall be
furnished by the Home Club, and the last ball in play becomes
the property of the winning club. Each ball to be used in cham-
pionship games shall be examined, measured and weighed by the
Secretary of the Association, inclosed in a paper box and sealed
with the seal of the Secretary, which seal shall not be broken ex-
cept by the Umpire in the presence of the Captains of the two
contesting nines after play has been called.
SEC. 4. Should the ball become out of shape, or cut or ripped
so as 10 expose the yarn, or in any way so injured as to be — in the
opinion of the Umpire — unfit for fair use, the Umpire, on being
appealed to by either Captain, shall at once put the alternate ball
into play and call for a new one.
I UK l:A I .
Rule 13. The Bat.
SEC. 1. Must be made wholly of wood, except that the handle
may be wound with twine, or a granulated substance applied, not
to exceed eighteen inches from the end.
Sec. 2. It must be round, except that a portion of the surface
may be flat on one side, but it must not exceed two and one-half
inches in diameter in the thickest part, and must not exceed forty-
two inches in length.
THE PLAYERS AND THEIR 1'OSITIONS.
RULE 14. The players of each club in a game shall be nine in
number, one of whom shall act as Captain, and in no case shall
less than nine men be allowed to play on each side.
RULE 15. The player's positions shall be such as maybe
assigned them by their Captain, except that the Pitcher must take
his position within the Pitcher's Lines, as defined in Rule 5.
When in position on the held, all players will be designated
" Fielders" in these rr" "s.
Rule 16. Players in uniform shall not be permitted to seat
themselves among the spectators.
RULE 17. Every Club shall be required to adopt uniforms for
its players, and each player shall be required to present himself
upon the field during said game in a neat and cleanly condition,
but no player shall attach anything to the sole or heel of his shoes
other than the ordinary base ball shoe plate.
THE PITCHER'S Pi i ilTION.
RULE iS. The pitcher shall take his position facing the bats-
man with both feet square on the ground, one foot on the rear
line of the "box." Me shad not raise either foot, unless in the
act of delivering the ball, nor make more than one step in such
delivery. He shall hold the ball, before the delivery, fairly in
front of his body, and in sight of the Umpire. When the pitcher
feigns to throw the ball to a base he must resume the above posi-
tion and pause momentarily before delivering the ball to the bat.
THE BATSMEN'S POSITION — ORDER OK BATTING.
R'JLE 19. The batsmen must take their positions within the
Batsmen's Lines, as defined in Rule 9, in the order in which they
are named on Ilic score, which must contain the batting order of
both nines, and be submitted by the Captains of the opposing
teams to the Umpire before 1 1 ind when approved by
him Tins SCORE must be followed except in the case of a substi-
tute player, in which case the substitute must take the place of the
original player in the batting order. After the first inning the
first striker in each inning shall be the batsman whose name fol-
lows that of the last man who has completed his turn — time at
bat — in the preceding inning.
RULE 20. SEC. i. When their side goes to the bat the players
must immediately return to and seat themselves upon the players'
bench and remain there until the side is put out, except when
batsman or base runner. All bats not in use must be kept in the
bat racks, and the two players next succeeding the batsman, in the
order in which they arc named on the score, must be ready with
bat in hand to promptly take position as batsman; provided, that
the Captain and one assistant only may occupy the space between
the players' lines and the Captain's lines to coach base runners.
SEC. 2. No player of the side at fiat, except when Batsman,
shall occupy any portion of the space within the Catcher's Lines,
as defined in Rule 6. The triangular space behind the Home
Base is reserved for the exclusive use of the Umpire, Catcher and
Batsman, and the Umpire must prohibit any player of the side "at
bat" from crossing the same at any time while the ball is in the
hands of, or passing between, the Pitcher and Catcher, while
standing in their positions.
Sec. 3. The players of the side " at bat" must occupy the por-
tion of the field allotted them, but must speedily vacate any por-
tion thereof that may be in the way of the ball, or of any Fielder
attempting to catch or field it.
Rule 21. The Players' Benches must be furnished by the
home club, and placed upon a portion of the ground outside of,
and not nearer than twenty-five feet to, the Players' Lines. They
must be twelve feet in length, and must be immovably fastened to
the ground. At the end of each bench must be immovably fixed
a bat rack, with fixtures for holding twenty bats; one such rack
must be designated for the exclusive useof the Visiting Club, and
the other for the exclusive use of the Home Club.
RULE 22. Sec. I. Every Championship Game must be com-
menced not later than two hours before sunset.
Sec. 2. A Game shall consist of nine innings to each con-
testing nine, except that,
(a) If the side first at bat scores less runs in nine innings than
the other side has scored in eight innings, the game shall then
(b) If the side last at bat in the ninth inning scores the win-
ning run before the third man is out, the game shall terminate.
A TIE GAMS,
RULE 23. If the score be a tie at the end of nine innings to
each side, play shall only be continued until the side first at bat
shall have scored one or more runs than the other side, in an
equal number of innings, or until the other side shall score one
or more runs than the side first at bat.
A DRAWN GAME.
Rule 24. A Drawn Game shall be declared by the Umpire
when he terminates a game on account of darkness or rain, after
five equal innings have been played, if the score at the time is
equal on the last even innings played; but if the side that went
second to bat is then at the bat, and has scored the same number
of runs as the other side, the Umpire shall declare the game
drawn without regard to the score of the last equal innings.
A CALLED GAME.
Rule 25. If the Umpire calls "Game" on account of dark-
nsss or rain at any time after five innings have been completed,
the score shall be that of the last equal innings played, unless the
side second at bat shall have scored one or more runs than the
side first at bat, in which case the score of the game shall be the
total number of runs made
A FORFEITED GAME.
RULE 26. A forfeited game shall be be declared by the Um-
pire in favor Of the club not in fault, at the request of such club,
in the following cases:
SEC. I. If the nine of a club fail to appear upon a field, or
being upon the field, fail to begin the game within five minutes
after the Umpire has called "Play," at the hour appointed for the
beginning of the game, unless such delay in appearing or in com-
mencing the game be unavoidable.
Sic 2. If, after the game has begun, one side refuses or fails
to continue playing, unless such game has been suspended or ter-
minated by the Umpire.
Sim 3. If. after play has been suspended by the Umpire, one
side fails to resume playing within one minute after the Umpire
has called "Play."
SEC. 4. It a team resorts to dilatory practices in order to gain
time for the purpose of having the game called on account of
darkness or rain, or for any oilier reason whatsoever.
Sec. 5. If. in the opinion of the I my one of these
rules is wilfully violated.
6. [f, after ordering thi removal of a player, as authorized
by Rule 57. Sec. 5. said order is nol obeyed within live minutes.
Sec. 7. In ease the Umpire declares a game forfeited, he shall
transmit a written notice thereol to the President of the Associa-
tion within twenty-four hours thi
Rule 27. " Mo Game" shall be declared by the Umpire if he
shall terminate play on account of rain or darkness, before five
innings on each side are completed except in a case when the
game is called, the club second at bat shall have :, it the
end of its fourth inning than the club first at bat has made in its
five innings, then the Umpire shall award the game to the club
having made the greatest number of runs, and it shall be a game
and be so counted in the Championship record.
RULE 28. Sec. i. In every championship game each team
shall be required to have present on the field, in uniform, one
or more substitute players.
SEC. 2. Any such player may be substituted at any time by
either club, but no player thereby retired shall thereafter par-
ticipate in the game.
Sec. 3. The Base Runner shall not have a substitute run for
him, except by consent of the Captains of the contesting teams.
CHOICE OF INNINGS — CONDITION OF GROUND.
RULE 2g. The choice of innings shall be given to the
Captain of the Home Club, who shall also be the sole judge of
the fitness of the ground for beginning a game after rain.
THE DK1.1VKKV.OI-' THE BALI. — FAIR AND UNFAIR BALLS.
RULE 30. A Fair Ball is a ball delivered by the Pitcher while
Standing wholly within the lines of his position, and facing the
Batsman, the ball so c'elivered, to pass over the Home Base,
not lower than the Batsman's knee, nor higher than his shoulder,
provided a ball so delivered that touches the bat of the Batsman
in his position shall be considered a batted ball, and in play.
RULE y. An Unfair Ball is a ball delivered by the Pitcher,
as in Rule 30, except that the ball does not pass over the Home
Base, or does pass over the Home Base, above the Batsman's
shoulder or below the knee.
Rl LE 32 A Balk is
Sec. t. Any motion made by the Pitcher to deliver the ball to
the bat without delivering it, and shall be held to include any and
every accustomed motion with the hands, arms or feet, or posi-
tion of the body assumed by the Pitcher in his delivery of the ball
and any motion calculated to deceive a base runner, except the ball
be accidentally dropped.
Ski'. 2 The holding of the ball by the Pitcher so long as to
delay the game unnecessarily; or
. 3. Any motion lo deliver the ball, or the delivering the
ball lo the bat by the Pitcher when any part of his person is
upon ground outside of the lines of his position, including all
preliminary motions with the hands, arms, and feet.
RULE 33 A Dead Ball is a ball delivered to the bat by the
Pitcher that touches the Batsman's bat without being Struck at, or
any part of the Batsman's person or clothing while standing in his
position without being struck at; or any part of the Umpire's
n or clothing, while on foul ground, without first passing
the < atelier.
RULE 34. In case of a Foul Strike, Foul Hit ball nor legally
caught out, Head Ball, or Base Runner pul 0111 for being struck
by a fair hi! hall, the ball shall not be considered in play until it
is held by the Pitcher standing in his position,
Bl 01 1-: 1: M l.s.
Rule 35 Sec i. a Block is a batted or thrown ball that is
Stopped or handled by any person nol engaged in the game.
SEC. 2. Whenever a Block occurs the Umpire shall declare it,
and Base Runners may run the bases, without being put out,
until the ball has been returned to and held by the Pitcher stand-
ing in his position.
SEC. 3. In the case of a Block, if the person not engaged in
the game should retain possession of the ball, or throw or kick it
beyond the reach of the l'ielders the Umpire should call "Time."
*nd require each Base Runner to stop at the last base touched by
him until the ball be returned to the F'itcher standing in his
THE SCORING OF RI'Nr
RULE 36. One Run shall be scored every timea Base Runner,
after having legally touched the first three bases, shall touch the
Home Base before three men are put out by (exception ) If the
third man is forced out, or is put out before reaching First Base, a
run shall not be scored.
THE HATTING RULES.
Rule 37. A Fair Hit is a ball batted by the batsman, stand-
ing in his position, that first touches the ground, the First Base,
the Third Base, any part of the person of a player, Umpire or any
object in front of or on the Foul Fines, or batted directly to the
ground by the Batsman, standing in his position, that (whether it
first touches Foul or Fair Ground) bounds or rolls within the Foul
Lines, between Home and First, or Home and Third Bases,
without interference by a player.
Rule 38. A Foul Hit is a ball batted by the Batsman, stand-
ing in his position, that first touches the ground, any part of the
person of a player, or any object behind either of the Foul Lines,
or that strikes the person of such Batsman, while standing in his
position, or batted directly to the ground by the Batsman, stand-
ing in his position, that (whether it first touches Foul or Fair
Ground) bounds or rolls outside the l'oul Line-,, between Home
and first or Home and Third liases without interference by a
player. Provided, that a Foul Hit not rising above the Batsman's
head and caught by the Catcher playing within ten feet of the
Home Base, shall be termed a Foul 'lip.
BALLS HATTED OUTSIDE 'Mil'. GROUNDS.
Rule 39. When a batted ball passes outside the grounds, the
Umpire shall decide it Fair should it disappear within, or Foul
should it disappear outside of the range of the Foul Lines, and
Rules 37 and 38 are to be construed accor ingly.
Rule 40. A F'air batted ball that goes over the fence shall
entitle the Batsman to a home run, except that should it go over
the fence at a less distance than two hundred and thirty-live feet
from the Home Base, when he shall be entitled to two bases, and
a distinctive line shall be marked on the fence at this point.
Rule 41. A Strike is
1. A ball struck at by the Batsman without its touching
his bat; or
Sec. 2. A Fair Ball legally delivered by the Pitcher, but noi
itruck at by the Batsman.
Sec. 3. Any obvious attempt to make a Fcul Hit.
Rule 42. A Foul Strike is a ball batted by the Batsman when
any part of his person is upon ground outside the lines of the
THE BATSMAN IS OUT.
Rule 43. The Batsman is out:
SEC. I. If he fails to take his position at the bat in his order of
batting, unless the error be discovered and the proper Batsman
takes his position before a fair hit has been made; and in such
case the balls and strikes called must be counted in the time at bal
of the proper Batsman. Provided, this rule shall not take effed
unless tht out is declared before the ball is delivered to the sue
SEC, 2 If he fails to take his position within one minute after
the Umpire has called for the Batsman.
Sec. 3. If he makes a Foul Hit, other than a Foul Tip as
defined in Rule 38, and the ball be m mentarily held by a
Fielder before touching the ground, provided it be not caught in
a Fielder's hat or cap, or touch some object other than a Fielder,
before being caught.
SEC. 4. If he makes a Foul Strike.
Sec. 5. If he attempts to hin ler the Catcher from Fielding
or throwing the ball, by stepping outs'de the lines of his position,
or otherwise obstructing or interfer ng with that pi
SEC. 6. If, while the hirst Base beoccupied by a base runner,
three strikes be called on him by the Umpire, except when two
men are already out.
Sec. 7. If, while making the third strike, the ball hits his
person or clothing.
S_ZC 8. If, alter two strikes have been called, the Batsman
obviously attempts to make a foul hit, as in Section 3, Rule 41.
BASE RUNNING RULES.
WHEN '1 III: BATSMAN l:E' OMES A BASS RUNNER.
Rule 44. The Batsman becomes a base runner :
1 ION 1. Instantly after he makes a Fair Hit.
EC. 2. Instantly after four balls have been called by the
SEC. 3. Instantly after three strikes have been declared by
Sec, 4. If, while he be a Batsman, his person — excepting
hands or forearm, which -makes it a dead ball — or clothing be
hit by a ball from the Pitcher, unless — in the opinion of the
Umpire — he intentionally permits himself to be so hit.
Sec. 5. Instantly after an illegal delivery of a ball by the
BASES TO BE TOUCHED.
RULE 45. The liase Runner must touch each base in regular
order, viz., hirst. Second, Third and Home Hases ; and when
obliged to return (except on a foul liit) must retouch the base or
bases in reverse order. He shall only be considered as holding a
base after touching it, and shall then be entitled to hold such
base until he has legally touched the next base in order, or has
been legally forced to vacate it for a succeeding Base Runner.
ENTITLED TO BA l S,
RULE 4G. The Base Runner shall be entitled, without being
put out, to take the Base in the following cases:
Sic. 1. If, while he was Batsman, the Umpire called four
Sir. 2. If the Umpire awards a succeeding Batsman a base
on four balls, or for being hit with a pitched ball, or in case of an
illegal delivery— as in Rule 44, Sec. <■ — and the Base Runner is
thereby forced to vacate the base held by him.
SEC. 3. If the Umpire calls a "balk."
Sec. 4. If a ball delivered by the Pitcher pass the Catcher
and touch the Umpire or any fence or building within ninety feet
of the Home Base.
Sir. 5. If upon a fair hit the Ball strikes the person ot
clothing of the Umpire on fair ground.
Sec. 6. If he be prevented from making a base by the ob-
struction of an adversary.
Sir. 7. If the Fielder stop or catch a batted ball with his
hat, or any part of his dress.
RETURNING TO uasf.s.
Ri 1 1 47. The Ihise Runner shall return to his Base, and shall
be entitled to so return without being put out.
, 1. If the Umpire declares a Foul Tip (as defined in
Rule 3S) or any other Fool Hit tot legally caught by a Fielder.
. 2. If the Umpire declares a Fotll Strike.
Sec. 3. If the Umpire declares a Dead Ball, unless it be also
the fourth Unfair Ball, and he be thereby forced to take the next
base, as provided in Rule 40, Sec. 2.
.4. If the person or clothing of the Umpire interferes
with the Catcher, or he is struck by a ball thrown by the Catcher
to intercept a Base Runner.
WHEN BASE RUNNERS ARE OUT.
RULE 48. The BaseRunner is out:
. 1. If, after three strikes have been declared against him
while Batsman, and the Catcher fail to catch the third strike ball,
he plainly attempts to hinder the Catcher from fielding the ball.
. 2. If, having made a Fair Hit while Batsman, such (air
hit ball be momentarily held by a Fielder, before touching the
ground or any object other than a Fielder: Provided, it be no)
caught in a Fielder's hat or cap.
Sec. 3. If, when the Umpire has declared three strikes on
him, while Batsman, the third strike ball be momentarily held by
a Fielder before touching the ground: Provided, it be not caught
in a Fielder's hat or cap, or touch some object other than a
Fielder, before being caught.
SEC, 4. If, after Three Strikes or a Fair Hit, he be touched
with the ball in the hand of a Fielder before he shall have
touched First Base.
Sec. 5. If, after Three Strikes or a Fair Hit, the ball be se-
curely held by a Fielder, while touching First liase with any part
of his person, before such Base Runner touches First Base.
Sec. 6 If, in running the last half of the distance from Home
Base to First Base, while the ball is being Gelded to First Base,
he runs outside the Three Feet Fines, as defined in Rule 10, un
less to avoid a Fielder, attempting to Field a Batted Ball.
Sec. 7. If, in running from First to Second Base, from Sec-
ond to Third Base, or from Third to Home Base he runs more
than three feet from a direct line between such bases to avoid
being touched by the ball in the hands of a Fielder; but in case a
Fielder be occupying the Base Runner's proper path, attempting
to field a batted ball, then the Base Runner shall run out of the
path, and behind said Fielder, and shall not be declared out for
SEC, 8. If he fails to avoid a Fielder attempting to field a
batted ball, in the manner described in Sections 6 and 7 of this
Rule; or if he in any way obstructs a Fielder attempting to field
a batted ball, or intentionally interferes with a thrown ball. Pro-
vided, That if two or more Fielders attempt to field a batted ball,
and the Base Runner conies in contact with one or more of them,
the Umpire shall determine which Fielder is entitled to the ben-
efit of this Rule, and shall not decide the Base Runner out for
coming in contact with any other Fielder,
SEC. •). If, at any time while the ball is in play, he be touched
by the ball in the hands of a Fielder, unless some part of his per-
son is touching a base he is entitled to occupy: Provided, The
ball be held by the Fielder after touching him; but (exception as
to First Base), in running to First Base, he may overrun said base
without being put out for being off said base, after first touching
it, provided he returns at once and retouches the base, after which
he may be put out as at any other base. If, in overrunning First
Base, he also attempts to run to Second Base, or, after passing the
base he turns to his left from the foul line, he shall forfeit such
exemption from being put out.
Sec. 10. If, when a Fair or Foul Hit ball (other than a foul
tiu as referred to in Rule >St is le' allv cau"ht bv a Fielder such
ball is legally held by a Fielder on the Base occupied by the Base
Runner when such ball was struck (or the Base Runner be touched
with the ball in the hands of a Fielder), before he retouches said
base after such Fair or Foul Hit ball was so caught. Provided,
That the Base Runner shall not be out in such case, if, afterthe
ball was legally caught as above, it be delivered to the bat by the
Pitcher before the Fielder holds it on said base, or touches the
Base Runner with it; but if the Base Runner in attempting to
reach a base, detaches it before being touched or forced out, he
shall be declared safe.
SEC. II. If, when a Batsman becomes a Base Runner, the
First Base, or the First and Second Bases, or the First, Second
and Third Bases, be occupied, any Base Runner so occupying a
base shall cease to be entitled to hold it, until any following Base
Runner is put out and may be put out at the next base or by being
touched by the ball in the hands of a F'ielder in the same manner
as in running to First Base, at any time before any following
Base Runner is put out.
Sr.C. 12. If a Fair Hit ball strike him before touching the
fielder, and in such case no base shall be ran unless forced by the
Batsman becoming a Base Runner, and no run shall be scored, or
any other Base Runner put out.
SEC. 13. If. when running to a base or forced to return to a
base, he fail to touch the intervening base or bases if any, in the
order prescribed in Rule 45, he may be put out at the base he fails
to touch, or by being touched i y the ball in the hands of a F'ielder,
in the same manner as in running to First Base
Sei . 14. If, when the Umpire calls ' Play," after any suspen-
sion of a game, he fails to return to and touch the base he occu-
pied when "Time" was called before touching the next base.
WHEN BATSMAN OR BASE RUNNER Is OUT.
RULE 49. The Umpire shall declare the Batsman or Base Run-
ner out, without waiting for an appeal for such decision, in all
cases where such player is put out in ai with these rules,
except as provided in Rule 48, Sei tions 10 and 14.
RULE 50. The Coachers are restricted to coaching the Base
Runner only, and are not allowed to address any remarks except
to the Base Runner, and then only in words of necessary
direction; and shall not use language which will in any manner
refer to or reflect upon a player of the opposing club, or the
spectators, and not more than two coachers, who may be one
player participating in the game and any other player under
contract to it, in the uniform of either club, shall be allowed at
any one time. To enforce the above, the Captain of the oppo-
site side may call the attention of the Umpire to the offense,
and upon a repetition of the same the club shall be debarred
from further coaching during the game.
Kt'l.K 51. The Umoire shall not be changed during the pro.
gress of a game, except for reason of illness or injury.
HIS POWERS AND JURISDICTION.
RULE 52. Sec. i. The Umpire is master of the Field from
the commencement to the termination of the game, and is entitled
to the respect of the spectators, and any person offering any insult
or indignity to him must be promptly ejected from the grounds.
Sir. 2. He must be invariably addressed by the players as Mr.
Umpire; and he must compel the players to observe the provisions
of all the Playing Rules, and he is hereby invested with authority
to order any player to do or omit to do any act as he may deem
necessary, to give force and effect to any and all of such provisions.
RULE 53. The Umpire s duties shall be as follows:
SEC. I. The Umpire is the sole and absolute judge of play.
In no instance shall any person he allowed to question the co'r-
rectneSS of any decision made by him on a play, and no player
shall leave liis position in the field, his place at the bat, on the
or players' bench, to approach or 'address the Umpire,
except on an interpretation of the playing rules, and only that
shall be done by the Captains of the contending nines. No
Manager or any other officer of either club shall be permitted
to go on the held or address the Umpire, under a penalty of a
mre of a game.
SEC, 2. Before the commencement of a Game, the Umpire
shall see that the rules governing all the materials of the game
are strictly observed, lie shall ask the Captain of the Home
b whether there are any special ground rules to be enforced,
and if there are, he shall see thai they are duly enforced, pro-
vided they do not conflict with any of these rules. lie shall
also secure from the ( aptains of the conte ting teams tl eir re-
spective hatting orders, which, upon approval, shall he followed
as provided in Rule 19.
SEC. 3. The Umpire must keep the contesting nines playing
constantly from the commencement of the game in its termination,
allowing such delaj 9 birij as are rendered unavoidable by accident,
injury or rain 1 le must, until the completion of the game, require
the pla . icfa side to promptly take their positions in the field
is soon as the third man is put "in. and must require the first
striker of the opposite side to be in his position at the bat as soon
as the fielders are in their places.
Sec. 4. The Umpire shall count and call every " unfair ball"
delivered by the Pitcher, and every "dead ball," if also an unfair
ball, as a ' ball," and he shall also count and call every "strike."
Neither a "ball" nor a "strike" shall be counted or called until
the ball has passed the Home Base, lie shall also declare every
" Dead Ball " " Block," "Foul Hit," "Foul Strike, "and "Balk.
Rui E 54. For the special benefit of the patrons of the game,
and because the offences specified are under his immediate juris-
1. and not subject to appeal by players, the attention of the
Umpire is particularly directed to possible violations of the pur-
ul spirit of the Rules, of the following character:
Skc. 1. Laziness or loafing of players in taking their places in
the field, or those allotted them by the Rules when their side is at
the bat, and especially any failure to keep the bats in the racks pro-
vided for them; to be ready to lake position as Batsmen and
to remain upon the Players' Bench, except when otherwise re-
quired by the Rules.
Sec. 2'. Any attempt by players of the side at bat, by calling to
a Fielder, other than the one designated by his Captain, to field a
ball, or by any other equally disreputable means seeking to discon-
cert a Fielder.
SEC. }. The Rules make a marked distinction between hin-
drance of an adversary in fielding a batted or thrown ball. This
has been done to rid the game of the childish excuses and claims
formerly made by a Fielder failing to hold a ball to put out a Base
Runner. But there may be cases of a base Runner su flagrantly
violating the spirit of the Rules and of the Game in obstructing a
fielder from fielding a thrown ball that it would become the duty
of the Umpire, not only to declare the Base Runner "out" (and
to compel Base Runners to return to the bases last held by them),
but also to impose a heavy line upon him. For example : If
the Base Runner plainly strike at the ball while passing him,
to prevent its being caught by a fielder; if he holds a Fielder's
arms s.> as Id disable him from catching the ball, or if he run
knock the Fielder down for the same purpose.
CALLING "PLAY" AM) "TIME."
RULE =5. The Umpire must call "Play," promptly at the
hour designated by the Home I In I., mtl on the call of "Play" the
1 immediately begin, When lie calls "Time, play
shall be suspended until he calls "Play" again, and during the
interim no player shall be put out, base be run or run be scored.
The Umpire shall suspend play only for an accident to himself or
a player (but in case of accident to a fielder, "Time" shall not be
called until the ball be returned to and held by the Pitcher, stand-
ing in his position), or in case tain fails so heavily that the spec-
tators are compelled, by the severity of the storm, to seek shelter,
in which case he shall note the time of suspension, and should
such rain continue to fall thirty minutes thereafter, he shall ter-
minate the yame; or to enforce order in case of annoyance from
Kt it: $6. The Umpire is only allowed, by the Rules, to call
"Time" in case of an accident to himself or a player, a "Block,"
as referred to in Rule 35, Sec. 3, or in case of rain, as defined
by the Rules. The practice of players suspending the game to
discuss or contest a decision with the Umpire, is a gross viola-
tion of the Rules, and the Umpire must promptly line any player
who interrupts the game in this manner.
iNn.i.'i iv. FINKS.
RULE 57. The Umpire is empi indict tines of not less
than !?5.oo nor more than §-'?.(.o for the first offence on players
during the progress of a game, as follows:
SEC, I. lor indecent or improper language addressed to the
audience, the Umpire, or any player.
SEC. 2. For the Captain or Coachcr wilfully failing to remain
within the legal bounds of his position, except upon an appeal by
the Captain from the Umpire's decision upon a misinterpretation
of the rules.
SEC. > For the disobedience by a player of any other of his
orders or for any oil er violation of these Rules.
SEC. 4. In case the Umpire imposes a line on a player, he
shall at once notify the ( 'aptain of the offending player's side, am!
shall transmit a written notice thereof to the President of the
A-soi iation or League within twenty-four hours thereafter, under
the penalty of having said tine taken from his own salary.
SEC. 5. A repetition of any of the above offences shall, at the
discretion cf the Umpire, subject the offender cither to a repeti-
tion of the fine or to removal from the held, and the immediate
substitution of another player then in uniform.
ROLE 58. No Club shall allow open betting or pool selling
upon its grounds, nor in any building owned or occupied by it.
RULE $<). No person shall be allowed upon any part of the
held during the progress of the game, in addition to the players in
uniform, the Manager on each side and the Umpire; except sin h
S '! the law as may be present in uniform, and such officials
of the Home Club as may be necessary to preserve the peace.
RULE 60. No Umpire, Manager, Captain or player shall ad-
dress the spectators during the progress of a game, except in case
of necessary explanation.
Rule 6x. Every Club shall furnish sufficient police force upon
its own ground • i"> preserve order, and in the event of a crowd enter-
PLAYING RUI ES.
ing the field during the progress of a game, and interfering with
the play in any manner, the Visiting Club may refuse to play
further until the field be cleared. If the ground be not cleared
within fifteen minutes thereafter, the Visiting Club may claim, and
shall be entitled to, the game by a score of nine runs to none (no
matter what number of innings have been played.)
Rui.E 6>. "Play" is the order of the Umpire to begin the
game, or to resume play after its suspension.
RULE 63. ■ Time" is the order of the Umpire to suspend
play. Such suspension must not extend beyond the day of the
Rule 64. "Game" is the announcement by the Umpire that
the game is terminated.
Rule 05. "An Inning" is the term at bat of the nine players
representing a Club in a game, ami is completed when three of
sach players have been put out as provided in these rules
Rule 16. "A Time at Bat" is the term at bat of a Batsman
It begins when be takes his position, and continues until he is p it
out or becomes a base runner; except when, because of being hit
by a pitched ball, or in case of an illegal delivery by the Pitcher,
as in Rule 44
Rule 67. "Legal" or ' Legally" signifies as required by I
Rule 6S. In order to promote Uniformity in Scoring Champ-
ionship Games the following instructions, suggestions and defi-
nitions are made for the benefit of scorers, and they are required
to make all scores in accordance therewith.
SEC. I. The first item in the tabulated score, after the play-
er's name and position, shall be the number of times he has been
at bat during the game. The time or times when the player has
been sent to base by being hit by a pitched ball, by the Pitcher's
illegal delivery, or by a base on balls, shall not be included in this
SEC. 2. In the second column should be set down the runs
made by each player
SEC 3. In the third column should be placed the first base
hits made by each player. Abase hit should be scored in the
When the ball from the bat strikes the ground within the foul
lines, and out of reach of the Fielders.
When a hit ball is partially or wholly stopped by a Fielder in
motion, but such player cannot recover himself in time to handle
the ball before the striker reaches First liase.
When a hit ball is hit so sharply to an infielder that he cannot
handle it in time to put out the Batsman. In case of doubt over
this class of hits, score a base hit, and exempt the Fielder from
the charge of an error.
When a ball is hit so slowly toward a Fielder that he cannot
handle it in time to put out the Batsman.
That in all cases where a Base Runner is retired by being hit by
a batted ball, the Batsman should be credited with a base hit.
When a batted ball hits the person or clothing of the Umpire,
as defined in Rule 37.
SEC. 4. In the fourth column shall be placed Sacrifice hits,
which shall be credited to the Batsman, who, when but one man is
out advances a Runner a base on a fly to the outfield or a ground
hit, which results in putting out the Batsman, or would so result
if handled without error.
Sec. 5. The number of opponents put out by each player
shall be set down in the fifth column. Where a Batsman is given
out by the Umpire for a foul strike, or where the Batsman fails to
bat in proper order, the put out shall be scored to the Catcher.
Sec. 6. The number of times the player assists shall be set
down in the sixth column. An assist should be given to each
player who handles the ball in assisting a run out or other play
of the kind.
An assist should be given to a player who makes a play in
time to put a runner out, even if the player who could complete
:!x play fails, through no fault of the player assisting.
And generally an assist should be given to each player who
handles or assists in any manner in handling the ball from the
time it ieaves the bat until it reaches the player who makes the
put out, or in case of a thrown ball, to each player who throws
or handles it cleanly, and in such a way that a put-out results,
or would result if no error were made by the receiver.
. 7. An error shall be given in the seventh column for
each [Display which allows the striker or base runner to make one
or more bases when perfect play would have insured his being put
out, except that "wild pitches,'" "bases on balls," "bases on th<
batsman being struck by a pitched ball," or case of illegal pitched
balls, balks and passed balls, shall not be included in said column.
In scoring errors of batted balls see Section 3 of this Rule.
Sec. 8. Stolen bases shall be scored as follows:
Any attempt to steal a base must go to the credit of the base
runner, whether the ball is thrown wild or muffed by the fielder,
but any manifest error is to be charged to the fielder making the
same. If the base runner advances another base he shall not be
credited with a stolen base, and the fielder allowing the advance-
ment is also to be charged with an error. If a base runner makes
a start and a battery error is made, the runner secures the credit
of a stolen base, and the battery error is scored against the player
making it Should a base runner overrun a base and then be put
out, he shall receive the credit for the stolen base. If a Base
Runner advances a base on a fly out, or gains two bases on a
single base hit, or an infield out, or attempted out, ne shall be
credited with a stolen base, provided there is a possible chance
and a palpable attempt made to retire him.
Sec. o. An earned run shall be scored every time the playe:
reaches the home base unaided by errors before chances have
been offered to retire the side.
I 111: SUMMARY.
Rule 69. The Summary shall contain:
SECTION i. The number of earned runs made by each side.
SEC. 2. The number of two-base hits made by each player.
SEC. 3. The number of three base hits made by each player.
4. The number of home runs made by each player.
Sec. 5. The number of bases stolen by each plaj
SEC 6. The number of double and triple plays made by each
side, with the names of the playe e in the same.
Sec 7. The number of men given bases on tailed balls by
Sec. 8. The number of :nen given bases from being hit b)
SEC 9. The number of men struck out.
. 10. The number of passed balls by each Catcher.
C. II. The number of wild pitches by each Pitcher.
Shc. 12. The time of game.
sec. 13. The name of the Umpire.
MEETING 01 FORMER REPRESENTATIVES.
MEETING OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVES.
A MEETING OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NATIONAL
LEAGUE \\l> AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL
BASE BALL CLUBS WAS HELD AT THE BATES HOUSE,
INDIANAPOLIS, IND., FRIDAY, DECEMBER
I", 1S9I, AT 2 O'CLOCK I'. M.
I'hc object of the meeting was stated by Mr. Byrne to be that
of forming a new Professional Base Hall organization. Mr. B
also made a full and complete statement of the arduous labors '>f
the committee in effecting a compromise of existing differences,
and mak'ng a new and united organization a possibility.
On motion. Mr. A. 1 1. Soden of Boston, was selected as Chair-
man, and Mr. Frank Elliott of Philadelphia, as Secretary.
On motion of <'ol, Jno. I. Rogers it was unanimously agreed
that the clubs here represented enter into a new organization, and
that l he several clubs present the names of their respective 01
izations and the delegates representing them, which were given as
The Brooklyn Ball Club, represented by Chas. II. Byrne, Pres.
The Baltimore Hasc Hall & Exhibition Co., represented by 11.
k. Von der Hoist, Pres.
The Boston Base Pail Association, represented by A. 11. Soden,
Pres. and W. H. t'onant.
The CI ago Ball Club, represented by Jas. A. Hart, I
Tin: Cincinnati Pall flub, represented by J. T. Brush, Pres.
The Philadelphia P.all Club (limited), represented by A. J.
Reach, Pres. and Col. J. I. Rogers.
The Cleveland Base Pali Co., represented by F. De II. Robi-
son, Pres. an.l Ceo. \V. Howe, I n
The Louisville Pase Ball Club, represented by T. Geo. Ruck-
The National Exhibition Co. of New York City, represented by
Jno. B. Hay, Pres. and J. W. Spalding, Treas.
The Pittsburg Athletic Co., represented by A . K. Scandrett, Sec
The St. I.ouis Base Ball Association, represented by Chris.
Von der Ahe, Pres. and C. Stark.
MEETING OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVES.
The National Base Ball Club of Washington, D. C, rep-
resented by M. B. Scanlon and T. B. Kalbfus, Sec'y.
Mr. J no. B Day moved that an informal ballot be taken for the
purpose of giving each representative an opportunity to express
his preference for a name to be given the new organization.
After an informal expression of preferences, it was unanimously
agreed that the name of the new organization shall be "The
National League and American Association of Professional Base
Mr. | n<>. T. Brush, the Chairman of the "Joint Cimtnittee"
of the National League and American Association, presented, as
the report on behalf of the committee, a Constitution which was
unanimously adopted and signed by all the club members.
Mr. Brush moved that the organization proceed to the election
Mr. Chris Von der Ahe nominated Mr, N. E, Voung for pres-
ident and secretary of the new organization, for a term of three
years, There being no other nomination— upon motion of Mr.
Byrne — Mr. Von der Ahe cast the ballot foi Mr. Young, and he
wa« declared unanimous!;
Mr. Von der Ahe was selected to escort President Voung in o
the room. President Voung, upon taking his scat, expressed hi
thanks for the honor conferred, as veil as his pleasure at the
happy solution and settlement of former differences, and pre-
dicted, for the new organization, a bright and prosperous future.
On motion of Mr, Robison the organization proceeded to the
election of directors with the following i
JaS. A. Hart, Chicago; Chris Von der Ahe. St. Louis; J, T.
Brush, Cincinnati; A. II. Sodcn, Boston; 11. K. Von der Horst,
Baltimore; F. S. Elliott, Washington.
Upon motion, the President was authorized to appoint Col. Jno.
I. Rogers, Judge C. Stark and Jno. T. Brush as a commit!
three to prepare a form of contract, and that they be requested to
make report at the following morning session.
The President was also authorized to appoint a committee of
three to prepare a schedule of payment of sums of money to be
MEETING OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVES.
paid the several retiring clubs of the American Association ii
adjustment of the settlements agreed upon by the joint committee;
also to h-ve prepared the proper obligations, in order to secure
Messrs. Von der llorst, Robison and Soden were appointed as
such committee, to be assisted by Col. Jno. I. Rogers.
Upon motion, it was agreed thai all the agreements entered
into by the joint committee of the National League and American
Association, at St. Louis, Dec. 5, 1891, be read before this
body, entered upon the minutes, and are hereby fully ratified and
St. Louis Agreements, Dec 5, 180,1. (See Agreements.)
Upon motion, Mr. Zack Phelps of Louisville, Ky., was elected
as attorney for the organization, and subsequently the motion
was amended to include Col. Jno. I. Rogers of Philadelphia, as
additional counsel. Col. Rogers was appointed by the
to notify Mr. Phelps and escort him into the room.
On motion, a recess was taken until 12 o'clock noon.
\l •.•ting called to order at 12 o'clock noon, all club representa-
tive ■ b-'ing present.
1 in motion, it was unanimously agreed that the championship
season should consist of 132 or 154 games and be divided into
tw 1 relies, and that the Schedule Committee be instructed to pre-
pare two schedules.
The following committees were appointed by the President:
Schedule Committee — C. II. Byrne, Chris Von <i^ Abe, Jas.
Plaving Rules Committee — A. J. Reach, II. K. Von der Horst,
Jno. T, Brush.
( )n motion, it was unanimously agreed that a committee be ap-
pointed to consider the recommendation of the joint committee,
looking to the protection of the minor organizations. Or. motion
allowing named gentlemen were selected to constitute such
committee: Messrs. Phelps, Rogers and Young.
On motion it was unanimously agreed that each club shall
furnish, on its grounds, a suitable dressing room for the exclusive
1 visiting clu
MEETING 01 FORMER REPRESENTATIVES.
On motion, the President was authorized and instructed to have,
if possible, the name of the new organization copyrighted.
The following motions offered by Mr. Brush were adopted;
That within ten days from this da'.e a list of a 1 players not as-
signed by the committee, or not claimed by any club, shall be
forwarded by the committee to each club member.
That the next meeting of this organization be held at the Fifth
Avenue Hotel, New Vork City.
Mr. Robison moved that the notes tot payment o( ob
be fully executed by the President of this association, and that
after their execution a complete list of the same be forwarded to
each club member.
It was unanimously agreed that the notes, when signed, shall
be turned over to .\. E. Young to be 1 row, and that he
be authorized to carry out ail agreements with the retiring clubs
of the American \- iciation,
i >u motion, the Secretary was instructed to return to Mr. Phelps
.ill in i i by the American Association to Messrs.
Gaffney and McQuaid, in case they are selected and engage
umpires in the new organization.
The following resolution was adopted:
/■:, olv ■> . I hat the Eresident of this organization be authorized
and instructed to enter into contract with A. G. Spalding & Bros
in furnish bails for the club members, for a period of live years,
with a privilege of reni ig period of five years,
upon the following terms and conditions, viz.: Said A. G.
Spalding & Bros, to furnish gratuitously to said c rganizatioi
hundred and fifty dozen balls, and to furnish additional quan
red. at their lowest club rates.
On motion, Messrs. Voung and Phelps were unanimously ap-
pointed and constituted a committee to carry out thern
tion of t!i< in relation to 1 1 menl ol p
with full power to set >r disputes where the
services of g player were desi imed by more than one club,
by right of agreement or contract.
motion, the President was duly authorized to levy an extra
assessment to meet any notes that may be necessary.
On motion adjourned. N. E. SfOUNG,
President iimi Secretary,
1 \I MEE I'IMi.
Abel! representing the Brooklyn
I MEETING OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE or PROFESSIONAL
BASE BALL CLUBS, HELD AT THE FIFTH AVENUE HOTEL,
NEW YORK CITY, II F.sIiAY, MARCH I, lSg2.
Meeting called to order at 6 .40 P. M.
Jobn B. Day and J. W. Spalding, representing the National
Exhibition Co., of New York City.
[as. A. Ilart representing the Chicago Ball Club.
A. J. Reach and Jobn I. Rogers, representing the Philadel-
phia Ball 1 Hub.
\V. C. Temple and A. K. Scandrett representing the Pitts-
burgh Athletic Company.
C. 11. Byrne and F. A.
Base Ball Club.
J. T. lirusb, representing the Cincinnati Base Hall Club.
F, De II. Robison and <;. \V. Howe representing the Cleve-
land base ball Company.
A. II. Soden and YV. II. Conant, representing the Boston
base Ball Association.
Dr. T. Hunt Stucky and J. George Kuchstahl, representing
the Louisville Base Ball Co.
II. K. Von der Horsl and Herman Von der llorst, repre-
senting the Baltimore Base Ball and Exhibition Co.
o. \Y. Wagner and F. S. Elliott, representing the Na-
tional base ball Club, Washington, D. C.
Chris Yon der Ahe, representing the St. Louis bast- ball As-
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved
Col. Rogers, as Chairman of Committee on Contracts, sub-
mitted a report which was on motion accepted.
Col, Rogers, as Chairman of the National Agreement Com-
mittee, submitted a report which was, on motion, referred to a
special committee consisting of Messrs. Byrne, Stucky, Day,
Elliott and Howe, with instructions to submit their report at
their earliest convenience.
1 \i. Ml 1. I INC.
• in motion Mr. Day was accorded the privilege of the lloor
for the purpose of convincing the League that the N'cw York
Club had a legal contract with Dan'l Richardson.
( in motion adjourned to meet at 2 P.M. on the following day.
Wednesday, March 2, 180.2.
Meeting called to order at 3 I'. M.
'The Special Committee to consider the National Agreement
submitted their report, and it was unanimously adopted.
The Committee on Playing Rules submitted their rep
which was unanimously adopted. (See Playing Rule
On motion adjourned to meet on the following day.
Thursday, M i S92.
Meeting called to order at 12 o'clock noon.
The following named gentlemen were elected to constitute the
National Board: N. E. V C, II. Byrne and /.. Phi
Col. Rogers declined with thanks :i nomination as .1 mi
of the Hoard.
(In motion the next annual meeting will be held in .New
'The Schedule Committee submitted theii report, and it was
A vole ol thanks was tendered the Schedule Committee, as
well as their able assistants, Messrs. EbbettS and Munson, for
their able and efficient work in preparing a schedule.
It was unanimously agreed tl lUrgh and Washington
be allowed to change games of Labor Day to Pittsburgh,
games ol fcugusl 1? and if. to Washington. Also that Haiti
more and Pittsburgh be alio tange games as sched-
uled On Decoration Day and independence Day.
On motion each club be required to furnish lockers foi
visiting player, and that such visiting players be required to
furnish locks for such lockers.
On motion the lock manufactured by the Keyless Lock 1
of Cincinnati, 0., was re 1 for use.
notion adjourned. V E. VOUNG,
OFFICERS AND PLAYERS.
OFFICERS AND PLAYERS.
The following is an official list of the- officers of the Xation.il
League and American Association of Professional Base Ball
Clubs, and officers and players of clubs, members thereof, for
the season of i S92 so far as completed to March, iSy2.
V E Y< iTJNG, Pres't and Sec,
Box - .''. Washington, 1). C
JAS. A. 1 1. mm ,
A. II. SODEN,
Chris Vi in der Ant.
II. R. \ < IN DER I [ORST,
J, T. Brush,
F. S. Elliott.
CHICAGO BALL CLUB 1 >1 CHICAGO. ILL.
Jan. A. Hart, President,
No, 108 Madison St.
Adrian C. Anson,
N. 1-'. Pfeffi i
Jno, P. Luby,
J. J. Cooney,
A. ( '. ( lumbei I ,
M. J. Kittredge,
I ml A. Brown, Secretary,
No. 165 Loomii Si.
C. It. Murphy,
II. 1.. Pipp,
S. M. Dungan,
< ieo, 1 '. Meakin,
CLEVELAND BASE BALL COMPANY 1 >F CLEVELAND
1- . Mill. RoBtsox, Davis Hawlev, Geo. W. Howe,
Si t rctary. Treasurer,
Leon Vian, Chas. 1.. Zimmer, Jesse Burkett,
I. K. Virtue, 11. Tebeau, Davies,
1 L. Childs, S. Davis, 1. R. McAleer,
E.J. McKean, D. T. Young, Geo. Kettger,
J.J. Di Jno. O'Connor, Geo. Cuppy.
BOSTON BASE BALL VSSO< l\Tlo\ m BOSTON
\. H. Soden, President, I. I:. Billings, Trea
No 111 Water Si. A',,, , — ,
II. D. Stovey, Chas. Getzein, Hugh Huffy,
C. W, Benr T. 1. Tucker, Thos. F. McCarthy
C. W. Ganzell, W. 11. s - \l. |. Kelly,
R.L, Lowe, John <;. Clarkson, II. E. Staley,
Joseph Quinn, ('. A. Nichols, [no. E. Stivetts
II. C. Ung,
OFFICERS AND PLAYERS.
BROOKLYN BASE BALL CLUB OF BROOKLYN, N. Y.
Chas. II. Byrne, President
Eastern B, B. Park.
H. Collins, Thos. Hums
T. P. Daley,
T. J. I.ovett,
D. L. Font/,
Jno. M. Ward,
C. V. Dailey,
!■'. A. Aiiia.l..
Secretary and Treasurer.
W. IL terry,
Geo. S. Haddock,
M. J. Griffin,
PHILADELPHIA BALL CLUB, PHILADELPHIA, PA.
A. 1. Reach, President I v. I. Rogers, Tr,
1 1 13 Mark,! St. 1 38 .V. Sixth St.
Harry Wright, Afana&
1741 .V. Twenty-second St.
J. W. Clements, S. L. Thompson, C. T. Reilly.
E. J. Delelianty, Jos. Mnlvey, August Weyhing,
(has. Esper, R. G. Allen, T. J. Keek-,
Jno. Thornton, W. Brown, Roger Connor,
\V. R. Hamilton, Lave Cross, Wilfred Carsey
Wm. Hall man,
PITTSBURGH ATHLETIC COMPANY, PITTSBURGH,
W. C. TEMPLE, President,
Xo. 408 Lewis Block.
Edward I [anion,
I. P. Beckley,
Ceo. I-'. Miller,
< lonnie Mack,
A. W. Whitney,
1 . I .. Shugart,
Elmer E, Smith,
D. I . Min I
|as. ]•'. ( lalvin,
SCANDRE1 1 , Secretary,
C, E, Swartwoi
Win. N. Karl.
I no. S. Corkhill.
i'. W. Woodcock,
C. A. Farrell,
W. C. Camp.
NATIONAL EXHIBITION COMPANY, NEW YORK
[NO. 1 ; . Day, President, J. W. SPALDING, Treasurer^
Ac 121 Maiden Lane. Xo. 241 Broad;
Ceo. F. Core, M. I. Tiernan, Chas. F. King,
Wm. Evnng, Dennis Lyons,
J. H. O'Rourke, Chas. E. llassett,
Jno. Ewing, Van Zandt,
Jno. Boyle, Amos Rusie.
M. J. Sullivan.
OFFICERS AND PLAYERS.
ST. LOUIS BASE BALL ASSOCIATION.
Chris Yon der Aiie, President, 2800 Grand Avenue
Jno. F. O'Brien, J. \\ . Glasscock, Easton Parrott,
W. s. Brodie,
T. C. Ni< hoi 01
R. D. Buckley,
R. L. Caruthers,
< ieo. B. I'inknev,
I. A. Newell,
W. J. Van Dyke,
BALTIMORE BASE BALL & EXHIBITION COMPANY.
II. R. Von der Horst, Herman Von der Horst,
Wm. Gleason, Jr.
P, W. Werden,
J. B. I unison,
Thos. I les
Win, Shi in llr,
Ceo, Van Haltren,
C. G. Buffinton.
U A ISVILLE i; i I
BALL C( >MI'A\Y
T, I 1 1 ■ ■. STUCKY, President,
i-ji) West Chestnut St.
I.<>l/ls\ II. I E.
J. C. ClIAI'M \\.
J. M. Hess,
|. F. Seery.
• Jennings, Meekin,
J. E. Canavan, A. I!. Sanders,
T. J. Dowse, Fitzgerald,
Taylor, VV, I. Kuehne,
L. R. Browning,
NATIONAL BASE BALL CLUB, WASHINGTON, D. C.
Geo. \\ . Wagner, President. Wm. Barnie, Mana
Han'1 Richardson, F. B. Killen. W. F. Hoy,
F. I. Foreman o. Shock, Gastright,
Larkin, Jno. Milli Duffee,
r. A. Radford, Dolan, II, Richardson,
Ja3. McGuire, Phil Knell, Geo, A.Wood.
CINCINNATI HALL CLUB, CINCINNATI, O.
I ji i. T. Brush
A. I 'omisky,
I . I hamberlain,
X. ASHLEY I.i.on d, Set 'y and i
Court and Plum Sts.
J. \Y. Holliday,
T. I. Mullane,
J. F. O'Neil,
W. \. Latham,
E. 1). Burke.
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strong paper bag 50
No. 53. Spalding's Youth's Maple Biit, black bind and gilt, trade-
marked, Length 33 to 3a inches 10
No. 56. Spalding's Youths' Stained Maple Bat, black band, trade-
in gilt; sStO 32 inches 10
No. 54. Sp Iding's Maple Bat. for boys, 26 to 2S inches in length,
with rings and trade-marked 05
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Trade-Marked Catcher's Masks.
No. 4-0. Spaklin ;*s New Patented Sun Protecting Mask. Made
of black enamel wire, with a perfect shade for the eyes, not in-
creasing tlie weight of the mask. A great improvement on all
other makes. I'rice $5 00
No. 3-0 Mask. No. 00 Mask. No. O Mask.
No. 3-0. Spalding's New Paten-ed Neck-Protecting Mask.
This mask has a peculiar shaped extension at the bottom wliich
affords the same protection to the neck as the •mask does to
the face. It does not interfere in the si ghtest degree with
the free movement of the head, and is the only mask n
which affords perfect protection to a catcher. '1 he entire mask
cted of the best hardened wire, extra heavy padded
with goat hair, and the padding faced with tht best imported
doeskin, which is impervious to perspiration, and a] t;
soft and pliable, each : $4 OO
No. 2-0. Spalding's Special League Mask, used by all leading
I rofessional catchers, extra heavy wire, well padded with
goat hair, and the padding faced with the best imported dog-
skin, which is impervious to perspiration, and retains its plia-
bility and usefulness S3 BO
No. 1-0. Spalding's Regulation League Mask, made of heavy
wire, well padded and faced with horsehide, warranted first-
class in every respect $3 00
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No. A Mask. No. C Mask. No. D Mask.
No. A. Spalding's Amateur Mask, made the same size and general
style as the League Mask, but with lighter wire and faced with
leather. We guarantee this mask to be superior to so-called
League or professional masks sold by other manufacturers $1.75
No. B. Spalding's Boys' Amateur Mask, similar to the No. A Mask,
only made smaller, to fit a boy's face 1.50
No. C. Youths' Mask, without bead or chin piece 1.00
No. D. Boys' Mask, light wire, without head or chin piece 50
SPALDING'S PATENT CELLULOID UMPIRE INDICATOR,
As shown in the above cut, is intended for the use of Bass Bail I'
and Scorers to keep tally of the number of Strikes and Balls that may be
called. The illustration, which repre'ents the exact size of the Indicator,
gives a good idea of its construction and mode of handling. Ii can be easily
operated by the thumb or finger while held in the palm of the hand. It has
been highly recommended by all League and Association umpires who have
seen it. Price each ■ • • •. 5°c
By mail postpaid on receipt of price
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Spalding's Catcher's Mitts.
No. 7-0. Spalding's Special League Catcher's Mitt, New Model.
Finest quality drab buckskin, finest dogskin back, with fine buckskin hand-
piece with patent short fingered throwing glove. This mitt is padded with
extra thick felt, and laced all around, so that the padding can be changed
and adjusted to suit the catcher, and is absolutely the finest protection (or
the hand ever made. Price #7.50.
No. 7- f >, FltON r OF M111.
No. 5-0. Spalding's Laced League Catcher's Mitt.
Made of fine peccaria h< pliable and durable, not liable to
harden, wi;h the 1 trowing glove and I >ecker patent back.
In other respects like our 7-O glove. I nee fj.OO.
A. Spalding's Amateur Catcher's Mitt.
'I hlfl mttl is made of extra quality leather, heavily padded with felt, and
laced all around to admit of adjusting the old padding or putting new pad-
ding in when necessary. Patent Throwing Glove, The very best mitt tot
loney. Price £2.50.
No. 1. SPALDING'S BOTS' SPECIAL LACED MITT, of drab buckskin,
heavily padded, with short fingered throwing glove, made like our 7-U
glove, only smaller, making the 6m W DOyV mitt ever made. Price $4.00.
No. 2. Spalding's Heavily Padded Leather Mitts, for boys, made of buck-
skin, laced, and with patent short fingered throwing glove. Price $2.00,
No. 3. Spalding's fFull Size Leather Mitt, well made, but of cheaper
material— a splendid mitt to sell at popular price — short fingered thxov
glove. Price Si. 00.
No. 4, Spalding's Leather Mitt, same as No. 3, smaller size, for boys onlyi
at the popular price of 50 cts.
No. 5. Spalding's Canvas Mitt. This mitt, designed for boys, is a first-
class mitt for the money, and will meet with rapid sale. Price 25 cts.
Decker Patent Safety Catcher's Mitt.
Decker Throwing Glove
to go with Mitt.
Decker Mitt, Back.
No. oX. We take pleasure in calling attention to the new
Decker Safety Catching Mitt, which has, wherever shown
and introduced, been conceded to be unequaled for protection
to the hands. A catcher need have no fear of broken fingers
when wearing them.
Each pair is packed in a separate box price per pair, $3 50
SPALDING'S FULL LEFT HAND CATCHER'S AND
No. 2-0 Spalding's Catcher's Gloves, patented, heavy
buckskin, with short fingered right hand, well padded,
no seams in palms $3 0o
No. G. Spalding's Boys Cheap Full Left Hand
No. J. Spalding's Full Left Hand Glove, Boys' size. 25
No. XX. Spalding's Best Quality Drab Buckskin
Infielder's Glove, full left or right hand, each 3 00
No. X. Spalding's Amateur Buckskin Infielder's
Glove, each 2 00
No. M. Spalding's Fielder's or Basemen's Glove,
gold tanned, each I 5°
No. N. Spalding's Fielder's or Basemen's Glove,
imitation buckskin, each I 00
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SPALDING'S SHOE PLATES.
We have experienced more difficulty
in the manufacture of a Shoe Plate than
any other article that goes to make up a
ball player's outfit, but at last we are
prepared to offer something that will
five the player satisfactory service.
4o. 3 0. Spalding's Extra Special
Hand Forged Steel Plates,
polished and plated, per pair,$0 75
No. 2-0. Spalding's Hand Forged
Sxeel Heel Plates, per pair, 50
No. 0. Spalding's Tempered Steel
Shoe Plate, made of imported
steel, and warranted not to hend or break ; put up with screws.
No. 1. Professional Steel Shoe Plate, similar in shape and style to
the No. Plate, put up with screws per pair
No. 2. Amateur Steel Shoe Plate, put up with screws
PITCHER'S TOE PLATE.
Made of heavy brass, to be worn on the toe
of the right shoe. A thorough protection to the
•hoe, and a valuable assistant in pitching. All
professionals use them.
Any of above plates sent post-
paid on receipt of price.
BASE BALL STOCKINGS.
No. 2-0. Spalding's New Linen Sole Base
Ball Stockings J15 00
No. 1 -0. Spalding's New Linen Sole.Bicycle
or Tennis Stockings 13 20
Special. League Hegulalinn, made of the
finest worsted yarn. The following; col-
ors can be obtained: White, Light
Blue, Navy Blue, Scarlet, Gray, Green,
Old Gold, Brown 18 00
No. 1. Fine Quality Woolen Stockings, Scar-
let, Blue or Brown 12 00
No. 2. Good Quality Woolen Stockings,
Scarlet, Blue or Brown 9 00
No. 3. Second Quality Woolen Stockings,
Scarlet or Blue 6 00
Sample p&ir mai'.e.l on receipt of price
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No. O. LEAGUE
CLUB BAT BAG,
made of st>le leath-
er, name on side,
to hold i% dozen
bats.. each, $15. OO
~~& No. 1. CANVAS
f\ BAT BAG, heavy
leather ends, to
~*Xkl. Hflft ho\d 2 dozen bats
~~~^ a *^ i^^ ^HfflP each $ 5,00
CANVAS BAT BAG, heavy waterproof canvas, leather
. to hold i dozen bats each, $4 OO
No. Ol. INDIVIDUAL LEATHER BAT BAG, for 2 bats, Spald-
ing'^ design, used bv the players of the Chicago Club, each, $4 OO
No. 03. INDIVIDUAL CANVAS BAT BAG, heavy waterproof
canvas, hath' r cap at both ends each, 1 50
No. 03. INDIVIDUAL CANVAS BAT BAG, heavy canvas,
leather cap at one end each, 100
Pitcher's Box Plates.
No. 0. League C lub
made of extra canvas,
td and quilted com-
plete, with straps and
. .per set of three, $7 50
No. J. Canvas Bases,
straps and spikes, with-
out home plate 5 00
No. 2. CI Bases,
with st aps and
complete, without borne
Home Plate. Rubber Home I late... each, 7 50
Marble Home Plate best each, 3 00
ome Plate, second quality each,
"'ilcher's box, rubber .
.set, 10 00
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BASK BALI. UNIFORMS.
NO. I UNIFORM
NO. 1 Uniform. The flannel used in this uniform is the same quality as
the No. o grade but lighter in weight. We have fifteen styles, and all shown
on sample card, which will be mailed on application.
No. i. Quality Shirt, any style Each, $4 00
" 1. " Pants, " " 3 75
" 1. M Stockings '* ico
" 1st •* Caps " 75
" oora" Belt " 50
Necktie to match trimmings.
Uniform complete, without shoes $10 00
Extra fjr Padded pants Each pair, 1 50
NO. 2 UNIFORM.
NO. 2 Uniform. Made of 45^ oz. twilled flannel, in the following
colors: No. 31, White; No. 32, Vale Gray; No, 33, Shaker Gray ; No. 34.
Steel, mixed ; No. 35, Navy Blue.
No. 2. Quality Shirt, any style Each, $3 00
" 2. " Pants, " " 275
" 2. " Stockings " 75
" ad " Caps " co
" ior 3 " Belt, " 40
Necktie to match trimmings.
Uniform complete, without Shoes $7 5°
Extra for Padded pants Each pair, 1 50
NO. 3 UNIFORM.
NO. 3 Uniform. Made of various colors of flannel. Heavy and strong.
The best value at the price.
No. 3. Quility Shirt, any style Each, $2 00
'• 3. « Pants, " > 75
•■ 3. " Stockings " 50
" 3. " Caps " 5a
" 30M •■ Belt " 25
Uniform complete, without Shoes $5 00
Extra lor Padded pants Each pair, 1 00
NO. 4 UNIFORM.
Made of a White Shaker flannel and a Gray Cotton Cloth.
No. 4. Quality Shirt, plain, pleat or lace Each, $1 60
«• 4. " Pants " 1 25
«' 4. " Stockings " 25
Canton Flannel Cap, lined " 25
No. 4 Belt ' |S
Uniform complete, without Shoes $3 5°
Extra for Padded pants Each pair, 75
Special Measurement Blanks, Samples of Flannel aud Belt Webbing
for all of above Uniforms furnished upon application.
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